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Lone Star ‘Impy’ supercars

by Peter
Categories: Aveling-Barford, Construction Plant, Diecast models, Euclid, Impy, Lone Star
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Despite the title of this article there are no cars. Impy Supercars was a range of trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Today we are looking at two of the range.

Number 34, Euclid tractor, produced between 1968 to 1972 and again in 1975, 60mm long.

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Number 25, earth dumper/loader, produced 1967 to 1975, 79mm long, possibly modelled on the Aveling Barford loading shovel.

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The real machines

Pictures from https://classicdozers.wordpress.com/

The Euclid Company of Ohio was a company specialized in heavy equipment for earthmoving, namely dump trucks and wheel tractor-scrapers, that operated from the United States of America from the 1920s to the 1950s, then it was purchased and converted into a section of General Motors and later on by Hitachi Construction Machinery.

For more on the Euclid history  Click Here

 

DCF 1.0

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Aveling Barford

Aveling-Barford came into being in 1933, as the result of the amalgamation of the country’s two leading manufacturers of road rollers, Aveling & Porter and Barford & Perkins, Aveling & Porter known for their steam rollers as well as diesel rollers, Barford known for site dumpers and Perkins of the diesel engine fame.

During the war the company built Bren gun carriers for the army, shell fuse caps and various precision-made components for tanks and submarines.

Finding a picture of the Front end loader shovel proved to be very hard but did find one, but may be a slightly later version as this one has a cab, this one was known as the TS350c.


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.

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This replaces a previous model with hand painted sides.

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

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This is in lovely condition against my previous version.

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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.

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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

 


Lone Star and Dinky exhibition, Whitewebbs museum 2016

This year I am exhibiting my collection of Lone Star and DCMT toys again, plus a few Dinky I have.

Since 2014 the collection has grown so needed two tables and rather than just layout the tables, I spent some time making displays.

This is the full set up, further pictures below showing close up’s.

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Firstly my selection of Austin lorries from the Lone Star Roadmaster series, the display is just made of ply and painted with a colour matched to one of my Lone Star boxes.

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In front of that are a few Lone Star Super Freighters

The only models not Lone Star in my display are these few Dinky Super Toys.

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Next my display of Lone Star knights and siege machines, the backdrop is made from parts of a Britains castle.

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In front of the knights, a display of various Lone Star model vehicles.

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Next we have Lone Star Tuf Tots, cranes and a range of Top Boy and Kings of the Road series.

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Below my collection of Lone Star Space Commanders have their own display base, a moon base.

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To see how the moon base was made Click Here

Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.

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Finally my collection of 1:32 Lone Star tractors and machinery.

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The barn is made by Britains but looks good with the Lone Star selection.

A few more pictures from around the show.

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A very large selection of Lone Star guns

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An operational Lone Star treblo layout

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Ian Dorrell’s huge mint collection, or, at least the part of it he brought.

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Hornby three rail dublo layout

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Hornby dublo two rail layout

That’s it for another year, to see previous exhibitions Click Here


Lone Star ‘Highway Constructors’ #2

by Peter
Categories: Construction Plant, Diecast models, Lone Star
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Some time ago I did a few articles on the Lone Star ‘Highway Constructors’ but a new addition came my way recently.

This is from the Highway Constructors series, Tractor excavator, number 1506.

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This came with the trench arm and scoop and is nearly all diecast with rubber tracks.

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In production from 1977 to 1983 then re-branded in yellow with the Wimpey construction logo from 1983 to 1984.

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Related articles;

Highway Constructors

Fork Lift

LoneStar and Slikka Toys

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