Crescent Toys generic truck series

by Peter
Categories: Berliet, Crescent, Diecast models, Trucks
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Crescent Toys are probably better known for their older models from the mid sixties and earlier, between 1975 and 1980 a series of diecast trucks based on the French Berliet were produced, little information is available on these or the model range, therefore only what I know as fact has been added to this article.

It all started with the Crescent concrete mixer.

crescent truck 1

I do like the simplicity of these models, along with Lone Star and Triang of the time, many makers followed a generic route although it has been said these Crescent trucks are based on the French Berliet trucks as already mentioned.

Using the same basic chassis a selection of pickup type trucks were also produced, two of them seen below.

crescent truck 2

The military cargo truck would of had a moulded plastic canvas cover. and could of been numbered as 1260.

Crescent truck 6

The exhausts are very susceptible to being broken off.

Crescent truck 7

The trucks also have a plastic drop down tailgate, I have seen another coloured version in lime green.

crescent truck 3

The Recovery crane is the fourth one I have and was also in the military green, this would of has black gas bottles in the recess holes in the back, seen below.

Crescent truck 8

All the number plate are the same CTC 53N making it 1975.

Crescent truck 5

All together.

crescent truck 4

In 1980, Crescent Toys was bought up by DCMT and the name disappeared.

Updated; There was also a tipper although as yet I haven’t found one, a picture of an old Ebay listing has been found on Google (see below).

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Another generic truck from the same production period, 1975, is shown below, this is so far the only version I’ve seen, even has the same number plate as the models above.

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Lone Star Impy trucks

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Categories: Diecast models, Emergency service vehicles, Impy, Leyland, Lone Star, Trucks
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One of the many ranges produced by Lone Star was the Impy  1:76 scaled range of trucks etc.

Some of these are shown below;

Firstly these two Leyland trucks, based on the prototype Leyland gas turbine truck (see picture further down the page).

Lonestar leyland 1

Next the Merryweather Fire engine with fully extending ladders and stabilisers, also based on a Leyland/AEC cab and chassis from the  late 1960′s

Lonestar leyland 2

Lonestar leyland 3

 

The real Leyland gas turbine truck

The Leyland Gas Turbine Truck project evolved from Leyland’s acquisition of Rover in 1967. Rover had produced a succession of gas-turbine cars in the ‘fifties & ‘sixties and by 1968 gas-turbines had been developed for road transport.

Leyland gas turbine

Picture and text from http://ccmv.aecsouthall.co.uk/


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Concept Vehicles, Corgi, Diecast models, Husky, TV & Film
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One of the diecast models I have been after for a while is an original Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I do believe this was re-issued in 1991 as a 25th Anniversary edition.

I was lucky enough to receive both the original Corgi and Husky version from my partner for my birthday this month so here are a few details and pictures.

Chitty 1

The Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was numbered 266 and released in 1968 and was produced for four years until 1972.

The wings on the sides flick out at the touch of the handbrake and the fore and aft wings clip on.

Chitty 2

The Husky version was numbered 1206, and only produced between 1968 and 1969.

Chitty 3

The side wings even fold up on this model too.

Chitty 4

The following picture shows both the above models together.

Chitty 5

The real car

Chitty 6

Wikipedia: “For the film version, six cars were created, including a fully functional road going car, GEN 11. This car was designed by the film’s production designer Ken Adam and cartoonist and sculptor Frederick Roland Emett built by Alan Mann Racing in Hertfordshire in 1967, fitted with a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission and allocated a genuine UK registration: GEN 11. This car has been in the private ownership of Pierre Picton of Stratford Upon Avon since the early 1970s”


Marx Smash Martian

by Peter
Categories: Clockwork toys, Futuristic/sci-fi, Marx Toys, Robots & Aliens
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TV adverts have been with us as long as TV itself and many icons have stayed with us, the Smash martian will be remembered by many from the 1970′s.

Smash Martian 1

Mr. Smash is all plastic with clockwork motor and removable antennae. It hobbles slightly as it moves forward. Simultaneously the arms move back in forth in opposite directions while the upper head and mouth move up and down. The little brown object held in Mr. Smash’s right claw is actually a plastic potato! Best of all it works great!

Mr. Smash was actually a commercial advertising figure used to promote the sale of Cadbury’s Smash# brand of instant mashed potatoes. The “For Mash get Smash” sticker logo on the robot’s chest refers to the potato product. It became a well known European phrase in the early to mid-1970′s. The commercial shows a family of Martians marvelling at the curious potato eating habits of “primitive” Earthlings. It was such a big hit that Cadbury’s contracted the Marx company to produce a plastic robot toy based on the commercial.

Smash Martian 2

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