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Category: Buses & Coaches
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.
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.
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.
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
I started this blog and website back in April 2011, and this week marks 6 years online, on that basis this week a special post on my diverse collection and items I bought this week at the Brentwood toy fair.
I nearly missed the toy fair, it was only that one of my contacts on Facebook mentioned he had a stall there today that I went.
I always tend to browse a lot before I buy but sometimes things just jump out and say “buy me” and more often than not I do.
The first few models are upgrades to existing parts of the collection.
This is the Matchbox greyhound bus number 66, I have two with amber glass, Superfast and regular wheels but the clear glass version is harder to find.
This replaces a previous model with hand painted sides.
Next is the Matchbox Bedford Duple coach, number 21a, the smaller of the two types
This is in lovely condition against my previous version.
Next is the Matchbox Diamond T prime mover number 15a and trailer 16a from the same stall and made in the 1950′s, never had one of these so a new addition to the Matchbox series 1 collection.
Again in lovely condition.
Still at the same stall and couple of older Triang railway wagons caught my eye, these are ones I am collecting to make up a rake for one train, these now make 5 and at £4 each how could I say no, both are different coloured wagons and the grey of the containers is also different, the maroon one being of Triang origin and the brown one possibly later Hornby and much harder to find.
On another stall and still on the subject of model railways I found this re-painted Fleischmann crane with a crocodile well wagon in the same GW grey, although origin is unknown.
The re-paint is well done but don’t like the shiny black roof so may have to matt that down, also a jib support on the wagon may have to be built.
On another stall I was browsing, I came across these Corgi trackside Scammell Scarabs, 4 to be precise so bought them all, do love a Scarab.
On another stall this Mercedes fire truck got my attention, made by Majorette, I have a few of this type of truck but not the fire truck and at just £2 had to add it to my collection.
While browsing this stall something else caught my eye, this I had never seen before, made in Italy by a diecast company called Mercury, a little Fiat 500 about Matchbox size, from what I can find out these went bust in the 70′s and made this smaller one and also a 1:43 version with opening features, cost me £30 but have since seen these selling for 3 times as much so feel I got bargain.
Another stall, another addition, this mixer was made by DCMT ( Later became Lonestar) and nice to find complete and in good condition.
Finally a random purchase, 6 small daleks seen here in one of the 1:76 scale Scarabs, these will end up painted on a diorama of even a cameo on the model railway.
The Dinky Supertoys Marrel multi bucket is one of those holy grail models I have been after for years, I had one without the skip but sold that a few years back, this latest addition is not only complete but also came with it’s original box.
Based on the Leyland Comet truck this is Dinky number 966 and often mistaken as the Albion Chieftain, it’s not.
I have only ever seen it in this colour, I also notice the box quailifies that this model has windows, did the first issues not have windows fitted? Or was this a common addition to the boxes as Dinky included windows in all their models.
This model was released in 1960 and was produced until 1964.
This also has operational skip locks at the rear this helps hold the skip on the real trucks, a feature not often seen even on modern models.
Dinky produced a much later skip truck in 1977 and part of the Convoy range although much simplified and not a patch on the old Leyland Comet.
History of the skip
In 1914, Antoine Marrel, a Berthier car dealer at St-Etienne with a passion for mechanics, dedicated his time and skills to developing a lifting/hanging device. It was the beginning of a great story, and in 1919 The Societe Bennes Marrel was created. The company acquired its fame by launching the very first dumpster activated with cables and gallows.
The Marrel Multibenne or multibucket was designed by Antoine Marrel himself.
It was in the 1960s that the skip as we know it came into its own, beginning its 50-year rise as the bulk waste disposal method of choice for both the domestic and the commercial markets.
Back in the early 1920s the shipping industry in Southport began to use a type of container that loosely resembled a skip and which was removed by a petrol-engine lorry as opposed to the horse-drawn refuse carts that were commonly used throughout the town. For most commercial waste disposal, however, tipper wagons remained the most common option. These were delivered to site by a team, which waited while it was hand or machine loaded before removing it again. The result, however, was the effective double handling of rubbish and the wasting of the delivery team’s time while the wagon was loaded.
By the time the 1960s arrived, the boom in real estate development coupled with an expanding industrial sector meant that volumes increased and time became precious, leading to the development of the modern day skip. These were originally developed in Germany and were adopted by a London company called George Cross & Co., which quickly set about introducing the concept to a ready and willing UK market.
The original skips came in a “one-size-fits-all” format of around six cubic yards and remained that way for many years until skip hire companies embraced the changing needs of the market and developed a range of sizes and shapes to suit different uses and waste volumes.
The real trucks
The third generation Leyland Comet
In 1958, as part of an effectivization program, the Comet received a new cab – called the “Vista Vue” cab, it was developed by Albion for a variety of their models. Dodge UK also used it for their 300 model, consequently this cabin shape is often referred to as the “LAD” design. There was also a heavier duty “Super Comet” model introduced, which eventually largely supplanted the “regular” Comet.
Real truck text from Wikipedia
Picture from www.truck-photos.net
These are few and far between and although I am not actively looking for them they do come up now and again.
Both are 1:76 scale and both based on a Guy Arab bus conversion
The tanker I’ve had for years and was always impressed with the fine detail, this was also produced for Britbus but not with the finer detailing this one has.
The recovery vehicle also a Guy Arab Mk5 again has stunning detail the only downside is the headboard is is Chinese but can of course be changed to suit.
Based on real vehicles owned by the China Motor Bus Company, but look just as good sitting in a UK collectors cupboard or layout.