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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


To see how the moon base was made Click Here

Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.


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


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

A few more pictures from around the show.


A very large selection of Lone Star guns


An operational Lone Star treblo layout


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


Hornby three rail dublo layout


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.


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


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


Related articles;

Highway Constructors

Fork Lift

LoneStar and Slikka Toys

All Lone Star articles


Triang, Spot-On Jones mobile crane

by Peter
Categories: Construction Plant, Diecast models, Jones, Spot-On, Triang
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Possibly my ultimate holy grail of  Triang diecast and the most I ever paid for a single model to date, the rare Triang Spot-on Jones mobile crane in 1:42 scale.

Actually they are not that rare but as a rule rarely affordable complete and in a reasonable condition.

I didn’t pay over the odds for this one and pleased with finally owning a model I have been wanting to add to my collection for many years, in fact ever since I saw one on the Triang box for Arkitex construction sets

This Triang Spot-On is Triang number 117 and produced somewhere between 1959 and 1967 if not during that whole period.

Triang Spot-on, Jones crane 2

With a fully functioning crane this beast is a joy to operate.

Triang Spot-on, Jones crane 3

This will remain in the condition it came rather than restore it, however I have ordered some new reproduction decals.

Triang Spot-on, Jones crane 4

Was also available with an all red cab and a grey chassis.

Spot-On models, was a brand name for a line of diecast toy cars by Tri-ang produced from 1959 through about 1967. They were manufactured in 1:42 scale in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom.

Tri-ang advertised the precise nature of its (larger) chosen scale as being ‘spot-on’ at 1/42 throughout.

Well over a hundred different models were designed, the range being extended to include scale buildings and road signs. Production continued until the time that Tri-ang bought Dinky Toys in 1967.

The owners decided to discontinue Spot-On in favour of Dinky in 1967). Some production continued in New Zealand. From this point on, Dinkys were usually made in 1:42 scale, though unlike Spot-On they were not consistent and continued to make both larger and smaller models to fit in with different market niches.

The real crane

The  Jones mobile crane, known as a KL10 did exist.

Jones KL10

Jones Cranes was a UK brand for several types of crane originally produced by its first brandname called K & L Steelfounders and Engineers Ltd from a large factory site based at Letchworth in Hertfordshire, England. The firm was very similar in many ways to the larger manufacturer Coles Cranes Limited their closest supplier and name of several crane types, later by the 1940s the company was renamed JONES CRANES LIMITED until they collapsed in the 1990s.

Jones had a chance to develop another whole new original concept but werent able to yet because they never built cranetrucks before of their own except their models mounted on standard AEC, ERF, FODEN and LEYLAND lorries. Jones Cranes Management then ordered to their neighbours a firm called SD Shelvoke & Drewry Limited a very long established lorry firm to build them a special 6X6 offroad truck to use it as cranecarrier for their next prototype crane model using 3 axle drive. This was later known as the useful 1962 JONES KL10-10 6WD cranetruck their first original go-anywhere allwheel driven crane that was selling moderately well but suffered from the big sales champion and rival all hydraulic mobilecrane the famous and bigger Coles Hydra 4WD 4WS of about the same decade but the KL10-10 still sold well and it was available with either Leyland TD or Perkins Diesel engines similar to 1960s lorries.

This KL10-10 6X6 a completely new model was partially co-developed by SD Ltd using a six wheel driven crosscountry chassis, built with a new 2 men fibreglass cab, with new hydraulic crane controls within the drivers cab, offroad driving axles and tyres plus a new 32ft long latticejib and was able to lift any 12 ton loads. Around 6980 models or so of them were sold with several improvements done to it until 1973 when its production ended. This was another successful first attempt at a new large model to have sold rather well and by the early 1970s Jones felt the need to redevelop their modern cranecarrier concept and they entered another period of internal redevelopment for diesel-hydraulic new models for that decade using other heavy truck mechanicals available like Bedford, Ford, Leyland, Cummins, Perkins and Scania in order to relaunch another new crane generation.

Jones cranes text from

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