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Category: Land Rover

Land Rover, Carmichael

Carmichael are vehicle manufacturers in their own right but have used Land Rovers as a base for their fire service vehicles.

Matchbox created a version of one of them.


This was Matchbox number 57 and listed as Land Rover Fire truck.

Released in 1966 with the standard black wheels although later versions did have Superfast wheels until production on this model ceased in 1970.


Oxford Diecast have also released the Land Rover Carmichael.


This one is a scale model is 1:76 scale, and numbered, 76LRC001

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Range Rover, Carmichael

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Land Rover Carrmichael

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Carmichael are vehicle manufacturers in their own right therefore I have added them to the makers list under catergories.

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Lone Star Treble O, trackside vehicles

by Peter
Categories: Austin, Citroen, Diecast models, Land Rover, Lone Star, Trucks
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These are part of the Lone Star diecast railway system known as Treble O, they are tiny with a scale of 1:160 or what better known in model railway terms as N gauge.

I picked these two cars up on Sunday at the Lone Star exhibition at Whitewebbs museum in Enfield Essex, I already had a few of the tiny Austin trucks but wasn’t even aware of the cars.


Obviously one is a Land Rover truck, the other a Citroen, I believe these were the only two types made.

As a size comparison, here they are against a standard Matchbox car from the same period.


The two Austin trucks I have have been badly hand painted and may have to be stripped and restored, the only other vehicles I know of from Lone Star in this scale is a single decker bus, and an Austin truck with a boxed trailer, all the wheels have axles as any other diecast car but on a tiny scale and they do turn, amazing engineering on such a small scale.


Although I have no intention of collection the Lone Star treble O railway series these are after all diecast vehicles and as such deserve a place in my collection.

Corgi RNLI Landrover and Lifeboat

by Peter
Categories: 4x4 vehicles, boats, Corgi, Diecast models, Land Rover, Trailers
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One of the latest Corgi issues is this Land Rover and lifeboat combo for the RNLI and sponsored by Toolstation.

According to the Corgi website, this is new tooling and has been given the number, CP64406

The following is from the back of the box;

Land Rover Defender and RNLI D Class Lifeboat.
As well as saving lives at sea, the RNLI is ready to respond to flooding emergencies.
The charity has a Flood Rescue Team (FRT) made up of 300 specially trained volunteers and staff, all ready to head to severe floods in the UK and RoI.
Sixty of them are trained for flood rescue in other countries. in case the FRT is neede abroard.
The FRT, which is sponsered by Toolstation, uses inflatable lifeboats that are easily transported and can operate in shallow, fast-flowing water.
The RNLI relies on voluntary donations to equip and train its lifesavers.
For more information, visit

The real Lifeboat

The real D class life boat shown below

RNLI lifeboats can be divided into two categories: inshore and all-weather. The D class lifeboat is one of three classes of inshore lifeboat (ILB) – the B, D and E classes.

The D class has been the workhorse of the service for nearly 50 years. The inflatable D class is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than all-weather lifeboats and is specifically suited to surf, shallow water and confined locations, often close to cliffs, among rocks or even in caves.

In 2010, D class lifeboats launched 2,401 times and rescued 1,639 people, saving 103 lives.

Launching from a trolley or davit, the D class lifeboat is ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions.

The D class lifeboat has a single 50hp outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize.

First introduced into the fleet in 1963, the design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction and the latest version (also known as the IB1-type) was introduced in 2003.

Equipment includes both fitted and hand-held VHF radio, night-vision equipment, and first aid kit including oxygen.

Date introduced:​1963 but design has continued to evolve ever since​
Launch type: Trolley or davit​
Number in fleet:​112 at station plus 37 in relief fleet​
Max speed:25 knots
Fuel capacity:​68 litres
Range/endurance:3 hours at maximum speed
Construction:​Hypalon-coated polyester
Engines:​1 x Mariner at 40 or 50hp
Survivor capacity:​5

Morestone, AA Land Rover

by Peter
Categories: 4x4 vehicles, Benbros, Diecast models, Land Rover, Morestone
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Even after all the years I have been collecting diecast I can still get it wrong, this article is such an occasion and decided to write this to help others spot the differences between what are two very similar models.

A few weeks ago I saw a Benbros AA Land Rover for sale on Ebay, these are getting very hard to find and despite the fact I have none in my collection and the picture wasn’t the best in the world, decided to bid on it, the outcome was good and I won for a reasonable price and waited patiently for it’s arrival.

The description said the axles were slightly bent but that’s ok and wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, other than that was exactly as I expected, yesterday I took some pictures ready to post on here and started to research the Benbros company for the article, then something started to feel as though this wasn’t all it seemed, as it turned out this one is actually a Morestone, not a Benbros and many people including websites don’t really seem to know the difference.

My research is added below and hopefully will help someone recognise which model they have or at least avoid buying the wrong one as I did, I must admit I’m still pleased as I didn’t have the Morestone one either.

The Morestone AA Land Rover was No 3 in the Morestone range and produced around 1956, to about 1958, my one has metal wheels painted black but it seems later one’s may of had black plastic wheels.

This would of had a black painted roof and the name casting on the side would of been highlighted in black.

The base plate just says, ‘Made in England’

This is how it should look. notice the smooth roof casting on the Morestone one, also the Morestone version was always yellow with a black roof and black wheels.

The Benbros version below, the main difference here is the Benbros one was always yellow with yellow wheels, mine had the remains of black paint on the wheels both back and front, the roof casting differs too, the Benbros one has ribs on the cab part of the roof, the Morestone one doesn’t, this follows through on other Benbros Land Rovers, although not as obvious the headlight are not as pronounced on the Benbros model either.

My conclusion is I have the Morestone version of this model, I don’t blame the seller as he probably didn’t know, more than 50% of the pictures I found on the internet were Morestone Land Rovers labelled as Benbros when in fact they wasn’t.

Mine will be restored in the future along with it’s Bedford CA counterpart that I already have.

The real AA Land Rover

The AA 1952 Land Rover

History of the AA