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Crescent Toys generic truck series

by Peter
Categories: Berliet, Crescent, Diecast models, Trucks
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Crescent Toys are probably better known for their older models from the mid sixties and earlier, between 1975 and 1980 a series of diecast trucks based on the French Berliet were produced, little information is available on these or the model range, therefore only what I know as fact has been added to this article.

It all started with the Crescent concrete mixer.

crescent truck 1

I do like the simplicity of these models, along with Lone Star and Triang of the time, many makers followed a generic route although it has been said these Crescent trucks are based on the French Berliet trucks as already mentioned.

Using the same basic chassis a selection of pickup type trucks were also produced, two of them seen below.

crescent truck 2

The military cargo truck would of had a moulded plastic canvas cover. and could of been numbered as 1260.

Crescent truck 6

The exhausts are very susceptible to being broken off.

Crescent truck 7

The trucks also have a plastic drop down tailgate, I have seen another coloured version in lime green.

crescent truck 3

The Recovery crane is the fourth one I have and was also in the military green, this would of has black gas bottles in the recess holes in the back, seen below.

Crescent truck 8

All the number plate are the same CTC 53N making it 1975.

Crescent truck 5

All together.

crescent truck 4

In 1980, Crescent Toys was bought up by DCMT and the name disappeared.

Updated; There was also a tipper although as yet I haven’t found one, a picture of an old Ebay listing has been found on Google (see below).

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Another generic truck from the same production period, 1975, is shown below, this is so far the only version I’ve seen, even has the same number plate as the models above.

Crescent trucks 10


Lone Star Impy trucks

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Emergency service vehicles, Impy, Leyland, Lone Star, Trucks
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One of the many ranges produced by Lone Star was the Impy  1:76 scaled range of trucks etc.

Some of these are shown below;

Firstly these two Leyland trucks, based on the prototype Leyland gas turbine truck (see picture further down the page).

Lonestar leyland 1

Next the Merryweather Fire engine with fully extending ladders and stabilisers, also based on a Leyland/AEC cab and chassis from the  late 1960′s

Lonestar leyland 2

Lonestar leyland 3

 

The real Leyland gas turbine truck

The Leyland Gas Turbine Truck project evolved from Leyland’s acquisition of Rover in 1967. Rover had produced a succession of gas-turbine cars in the ‘fifties & ‘sixties and by 1968 gas-turbines had been developed for road transport.

Leyland gas turbine

Picture and text from http://ccmv.aecsouthall.co.uk/


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Concept Vehicles, Corgi, Diecast models, Husky, TV & Film
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One of the diecast models I have been after for a while is an original Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I do believe this was re-issued in 1991 as a 25th Anniversary edition.

I was lucky enough to receive both the original Corgi and Husky version from my partner for my birthday this month so here are a few details and pictures.

Chitty 1

The Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was numbered 266 and released in 1968 and was produced for four years until 1972.

The wings on the sides flick out at the touch of the handbrake and the fore and aft wings clip on.

Chitty 2

The Husky version was numbered 1206, and only produced between 1968 and 1969.

Chitty 3

The side wings even fold up on this model too.

Chitty 4

The following picture shows both the above models together.

Chitty 5

The real car

Chitty 6

Wikipedia: “For the film version, six cars were created, including a fully functional road going car, GEN 11. This car was designed by the film’s production designer Ken Adam and cartoonist and sculptor Frederick Roland Emett built by Alan Mann Racing in Hertfordshire in 1967, fitted with a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission and allocated a genuine UK registration: GEN 11. This car has been in the private ownership of Pierre Picton of Stratford Upon Avon since the early 1970s”


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