Lone Star ‘Impy’ supercars

by Peter
Categories: Aveling-Barford, Construction Plant, Diecast models, Euclid, Impy, Lone Star
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Despite the title of this article there are no cars. Impy Supercars was a range of trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Today we are looking at two of the range.

Number 34, Euclid tractor, produced between 1968 to 1972 and again in 1975, 60mm long.

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Number 25, earth dumper/loader, produced 1967 to 1975, 79mm long, possibly modelled on the Aveling Barford loading shovel.

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The real machines

Pictures from https://classicdozers.wordpress.com/

The Euclid Company of Ohio was a company specialized in heavy equipment for earthmoving, namely dump trucks and wheel tractor-scrapers, that operated from the United States of America from the 1920s to the 1950s, then it was purchased and converted into a section of General Motors and later on by Hitachi Construction Machinery.

For more on the Euclid history  Click Here

 

DCF 1.0

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Aveling Barford

Aveling-Barford came into being in 1933, as the result of the amalgamation of the country’s two leading manufacturers of road rollers, Aveling & Porter and Barford & Perkins, Aveling & Porter known for their steam rollers as well as diesel rollers, Barford known for site dumpers and Perkins of the diesel engine fame.

During the war the company built Bren gun carriers for the army, shell fuse caps and various precision-made components for tanks and submarines.

Finding a picture of the Front end loader shovel proved to be very hard but did find one, but may be a slightly later version as this one has a cab, this one was known as the TS350c.


A week of Triang

by Peter
Categories: Bayco, Construction toys, Locomotives, Minic, Train layouts, Triang, Triang, Trucks
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The last week has been mainly acquiring Triang products, not planned but mostly by chance.

The week culminating in a trip to Alexander Palace to a model railway exhibition which I hadn’t intended visiting, it was the idea of my other half as she is building a narrow gauge model railway and was looking for bits and pieces for it, so I tagged along.

During the week a few purchases arrived by post firstly a Triang Tugster diecast tractor I didn’t have and found by chance on Ebay

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This has been added to the other Triang Tugsters

To see more information on the Triang Tugster range Click Here

Something I’ve been meaning to collect and not got around to is the Triang Minic  ‘push-and-go’ series of trucks, this week two lots turned up at a reasonable price so bought them

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Above shows just three versions, the tanker, cement truck and tarpaulin truck, the tarpaulin cover seems very similar if not the same as a Triang wagon load seen on the flat wagon although as I don’t have one can not confirm if it’s the same size.

Below are some of the RAF series including the same tanker as above

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All of the trucks have a mechanism allowing it to run forward when pulled backwards, the trucks are all the same moulding with different loads.

The trip to Alexander Palace also yielded results, although mainly new stuff for sale I was surprised how many secondhand stalls there were, I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular for my model railway and rarely buy new stock anyway, but a few great item did catch my attention.

For some time I have been after the Triang ‘Davy Crocket’ old time locomotive but the one’s I’ve seen have been non-runners or missing parts, this one was complete and running.

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I suppose now I should look out for the old time coaches.

My star buy was again found by chance and on a stall I had already looked at, this was partly hidden by other items and at first was not obviously Triang Minic Motorways as this is an early box.

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The give away was a tiny Triang logo on the end of the box.

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After checking is was complete and even had the original instructions, so I bought it.

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Finally made up at home, although missing the plastic ramp if you don’t intend using it as part of the Minic Motorway system.

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Triang Minic Motorway bus depot, second issue, mid sixties.

Although in the end was a good day out with many layouts on display, lots of innovations and a few good purchases.

To end a layout that caught my eye in O gauge old Hornby Meccano with the biggest display of Bayco buildings I have ever seen.

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Brentwood toy fair in Essex

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Diecast models, Dinky, Fiat, Jaguar, Matchbox, Morris, Tractors, Triang
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It’s been a year since my last visit to this toy fair in Brentwood, this time I didn’t actually buy much but the models I did buy fill a few gaps.

The Matchbox collection has always been the main focus and still trying to fill the gaps in the collection along with upgrading some of the playworn versions I have.

Firstly the Matchbox Jaguar  3.4 litre number 65, this is the smaller casting designated 65a with grey wheels and no glass, although most were blue the metallic blue is not as common.

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The later casting with opening bonnet and usually dark red also numbered 65 would of been designated 65b, this one is already part of my collection, was also available with black wheels

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Next another Matchbox. and another I didn’t have, the red version of the Fiat 1500 number 56.

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Quite rare as was only available in a Matchbox garage gift set G1.

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For more on the Matchbox Fiat 1500 Click Here

Next an upgrade of one of the Dinky Dublo vehicles the Morris post office van

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This replaces a poor example I’ve had for years

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Lastly another Triang tugster for the collection, this one  in green, in mint condition and with it’s box

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For more on this Triang model Click Here


Fun Ho! diecast

by Peter
Categories: Bedford, Buses & Coaches, Diecast models, Fun Ho, Trucks
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A few recently acquired diecast vehicles come from a company called Fun Ho! and made in New Zealand.

These are ‘Matchbox’ sized and although simple castings have the same appeal as early Matchbox in my opinion.

Firstly two Fun Ho Landliner buses.

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Although not the same they have the echo of the Matchbox Greyhound buses about them.

Another I have is the Bedford TK milk tanker, one of a few different liveries.

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The chassis length suggests it may of been designed for a rigid truck as it looks to long, although may of been just designed that way.

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Text below from Wikipedia

Fun-Ho! Toys were a brand of diecast toy cars and trucks manufactured and distributed by Underwood Engineering Co. Ltd. of Inglewood, New Zealand. Production was started by Jack Underwood about 1935 and continued until 1982.

One interesting aspect in the casting of Fun Ho! toys is that when a changeover from lead was made, the logical industry choice of zamac or similar zinc alloy was passed up and most Fun Ho! toys are made of aluminium.

To read more on this brand visit Wikipedia