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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.


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.

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


Dinky, Viceroy 37 coach

by Peter
Categories: Buses & Coaches, Diecast models, Dinky, Duple
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Todays article is into a new realm for me as this will be the first Dinky diecast posted here, I now have a few bought last week and the first is a later model, later relative to Dinky’s life span, this one is a Duple Viceroy 37 luxury coach released in 1972.

Not a big collector of buses but there is something about coaches, maybe the design or maybe I remember being in many different coaches but now have quite a few coaches.

This dinky version came in blue as above and also yellow, I’m not sure about other colours but a quick scan of Google doesn’t reveal any others.

The coach was based on Bedford YRQ chassis with Duple Viceroy bodywork and would of been 37 foot long as the suffix on the model number would suggest, and would carry about 50 passengers

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The real coaches

The real coach was a popular choice for fleet owners, there was also a twin front wheel version.

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Matchbox Bedford coach

by Peter
Categories: Bedford, Buses & Coaches, Diecast models, Duple, Matchbox
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The Matchbox Long Distance Coach, No21. The coach at the rear of the picture is 68mm long and has a black base. An earlier version was 57mm long (also shown) with a green base. It was available in light green or a dark green finish.

This is based on a 1950′s Bedford SB3 Chassis and a Duple 41 seat coach body.

A lot of the early Matchbox were re-released in bigger sizes this was one of them.

The earlier one’s also had grey wheels, either metal and later plastic until the range changed over to black plastic, now collectively known as ‘regular wheels’.

The release date of the two versions seem a bit sketchy but from what I can work out the smaller one was released around 1956 and the larger one 1958.

The real coach

Until 1950 Bedfords had bonnets, like the trucks they were based on. This both wasted seat space and looked old fashioned compared to the new underfloor-engined coaches then appearing. The Bedford SB, introduced that year, was forward control and up-to-date with its full width front styling. It was also longer and thus more competitive on seats. Diesel engines in time became the more popular option but a few operators, as in this case, continued to favour the smoother but thirstier petrol engine.

The body builders Duple called this body the Vega

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