Radio Flyer Restoration Part IV Finale’

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Custom Hot Wheels Hudson Hornet

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Radio Flyer Restoration Part III

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Radio Flyer Restoration Part II

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Radio Flyer Restoration Part I

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New Die Cast

M2 VW Bus WreckerHaven’t picked up any new die cast for a few weeks, but saw this little beauty at Hobby Lobby the other day and couldn’t resist. This is a very nicely detailed M2 VW Bus Wrecker. It’s a nice addition to the collection!

Custom Hot Wheels ’78 Dodge Pickup

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