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Orange (or yellow?) Bertie?
#16
Very very cool..
You'll know if it's faded or actually orange plastic when you open it up.
If it's fading the inside of the shell will be red.
I am hoping that the shade of the inside matches the outside!Smile
Play nice & have fun!!Smile
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#17
I hope so too Muddy.

Though, after looking at the photos again, I'm wondering if the Bertie variant isn't actually yellow (compare the yellow in red bulgy to the bertie variant and think it's the same color). And based on the info from DalaGStanator, I also wondering if the Bertie variant may be version of the first Algy? Based on the link Algy did have a slanted front and a red stripe, but the first Algy was yellow. And maybe Tomy didn't feel like making a new mold, so they just made a yellow version of Bertie to stand in for Algy? Meh, it's probably too far fetched. In any event, I'm looking forward to getting this vehicle in hand so I can open it up.
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#18
Unlike characters from The Railway Series and the TV series, those who only appeared in annuals and magazine stories have never been merchandised (presumably since they were too obscure and wouldn't have sold well).

Since the wheels are still the correct colour, so is the inside of the shell.
Pronunciation: Da-lag-stanator
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#19
The buses arrive tomorrow, so hopefully I'll have some concrete info to report back with, but I'm not sure the wheel color is determinative. I may be mistaken, but don't Bertie, Red Bulgy, Green Bulgy, Lor 1 and Elizabeth all have the same red wheels? I agree that it's probably far fetched to think the Bertie variant is a novel Algy bus, but I'm cautiously optimistic that the orange/yellow (whatever) color shell is legit, and maybe just some kind of factory error.

But, either way, I'll have in hand tomorrow. I'm excited to see if I just bought myself another bertie or maybe some kind bizarre variant. Smile
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#20
Oh well, this was all much ado about nothing. Sad

Turns out the Bertie "variant" was just a custom paint job. It's got really nice detailing, but it was obvious once you put your eyes on it. It's still pretty cool, and the other vehicles (including Lor 1) are in very nice shape, and I now have a lot of road track plus tunnels with overpasses and other features. And the price was really quite reasonable. Smile
Sorry for the false alarm. I'll try to upload some photos of the custom bertie tonight, just as an FYI.
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#21
Bummer, was so looking forward to seeing something new. I agree about price as I thought that Lorry alone made up for half of it and the huge amount of road and accessories the other. Thanks for the excitement while it lasted C&D. Smile
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#22
thanks for solving the mystery. if someone not from here had won it, we would have been scratching our heads forever.
my website address has changed: http://sunstomyandfriends.weebly.com/
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#23
Nice to hear you got a good deal even if that particular item turned out to be a bit of a let down. Still as Sun says good job it was one of us who won it and solved the mystery otherwise it could have become one of those 'urban legends' and in the future someone would have gone insane trying to find the mythical variant lol!
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#24
That’s a good way to think about it Sun and Nigels, thanks. I’ve included a few photos of the painted Bertie just in case anyone is curious. They pretty clearly used a brush (as opposed to airbrush or something similar), but o think they did a nice job overall.
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#25
Just goes to show you how deceiving photos can be without detailed closeups on the auction sites. I would have never thought, that even if it was custom painted, that it was painted with a brush which is so evident with your pictures C&D. Thanks for updating us.
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