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Category: Buses & Coaches

News update, upcoming sale

After much thought I have decided to sell huge parts of my collections.

Almost all of it is kept in storage and not seen from one year to the next.

I have far to much and rather someone else has the benefit and enjoyment of my treasures.

This isn’t to say this website will stop, far from it, as I sort out stuff for sale new posts and pictures will be forthcoming.

Most of my sales will be on Ebay or through my groups and page on Facebook.

If you are a Facebook user you can subscribe/like my selling page at https://www.facebook.com/essexcollectors/ for updates on what is up for sale, be the first to see some exciting items.

Or go directly to Ebay and keep a regular eye out at https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/essexcollectors

Be quick though as some of it is selling quickly already


Lone Star show at Whitewebbs museum 2018

Where did the last year go? September 2018 and another exhibition in Enfield for Lone star

As always my small collection was on display.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow1

A few new additions since last year along with the electric rotating turntable in the centre of the picture below, ran all day without issues.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow2

The space commanders, construction and farm section is much the same as last year.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow3

Great show again although did notice a lack of Treblo electric Lone star train layouts, so during the day I decided to build one for next year, to that end I bought my first lot of track and rolling stock for Lone Star Treblo electric.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow4

This project will be quite secretive as I want the unveiling next September and I know certain people may otherwise see what I’m up to before then, although some updates will be posted.


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.

FunHo1

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.

FunHo4

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.

FunHo2

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


Brentwood toy fair Essex

 

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.

MB17

This replaces a previous model with hand painted sides.

MB17x

Next is the Matchbox Bedford Duple coach, number 21a, the smaller of the two types

MB13

This is in lovely condition against my previous version.

MB13x

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.

Matchbox 15a

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.

Triang 3 container

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.

Crane and crocidile

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.

Trackside Scarabs

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.

Majorette Mercedes

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.

Mercury Fiat

Another stall, another addition, this mixer was made by DCMT ( Later became Lonestar) and nice to find complete and in good condition.

DCMT mixer

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.

Daleks x6