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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another stall, another addition, this mixer was made by DCMT ( Later became Lonestar) and nice to find complete and in good condition.
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.
Over the years, and my original intention when I started collecting again was to re-instate my models and toys of my childhood, somewhere along the line I got sidetracked and now have hundreds I never had as a youngster.
That said every now and then something will come up I remember having as a kid.
The Corgi Buick Riviera in dark blue was one of the larger cars I had back then.
Corgi produced this car from 1964 right up to 1968, and lasted longer than the production of the real ‘first generation’ car.
Corgi numbered this 245.
Available colours were pale blue, gold and metallic blue.
I don’t remember the huge tow hook on my one from years ago but as I can’t find any reference to there being two different issues, will have to assume it did have a tow bar.
In 1962, Corgi introduced a feature known as Trans-O-Lite head lights and tail lights on selected models. Bright ambient light was piped through a molded transparent plastic square on the dashboard to light up the head lights and tail lights which were part of a one-piece clear plastic molding. The basic light-pipe principle is used in fibre optics today.
The real car
The 1963 Buick was known as the first generation and was produced from 1963 until only 1965
1963 Buick Riviera
In 1965 the Riviera became the GS and a changed front end, the picture below I shot at a local UK car show in Essex
For more on the real car, see Wikipedia Here
The Matchbox Unimog number 49, is another classic and was issued in early 1967.
The first issues were tan coloured with a turquoise baseplate and later changed to blue with a red baseplate.
In 1970 the Unimog was re-issued with Superfast wheels in the blue metallic and red as below, a military coloured version has also been issued with Superfast wheels, the wheels were all black as many of the military Matchbox models did with Superfast wheels, the military version had a different casting for the baseplate and done away with the spare wheel.
Below another military version, the green is different and the decal is of a white star on the bonnet.
It was removed from the range in 1973.
Corgi also did a version of this model, seen below with the Matchbox Superfast version as a size comparison.
Corgi numbered this 406 and produced in 1976 until 1977, this is actually a re-released Corgi model of an earlier produced Unimog from 1971
Another Corgi issue is this dumper. Number 1145 and produced from 1969 until 1976, some later issues have blue chassis rather tha the red seen below.
The later offering of the Matchbox Unimog was made in 1983 and in Thailand
A similar model was made in the Superkings range, K30 but this was issued back in 1978 so predates the Thailand MB issue.
This did come with the K32 Farm trailer, also issued around 1978, with various additional items such as animals.
Another version of K30.
Another later version of this model is number K137 and made in China in 1982, note the different wheels and addition of wing mirrors, this is actually meant to be a crop sprayer but missing the arms, this one is actually hard to find in any condition so to get one almost complete and with good paint is a bonus.
This did come in other colours and sets.
A much later model is the Unimog U300, produced for the Matchbox range in 2006 and ran until 2009, although strictly speaking this is a Mattel diecast rather than a Matchbox but still sold under the Mattel owned Matchbox name.
These are made in Thailand and all slightly different issues (see below).
The number for this casting is MB728 and made it’s debut in the MBX Metal series, both the silver one above and the orange one are from the MBX Metal series, the blue one is from the Construction series and has much less tampo detail than the other two it also has black wheel centres rather than the chrome.
The real trucks.
Used by some European countries by the military services, tree surgeons and below the Essex fire services animal rescue unit.
Unimog is a range of multi-purpose auto four-wheel drive medium trucks produced by Mercedes-Benz, a division of Daimler AG. The name Unimog is pronounced [ˈuːnɪmɔk] in German and is an acronym for the German “UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät”, Gerät being the German word for machine or device. Daimler Benz took over manufacture of the Unimog in 1951 and they are currently built in the Mercedes truck plant in Wörth am Rhein in Germany. Another Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş. plant assembles Unimogs in Aksaray, Turkey. Unimogs were also built in Argentina until the first years of the 1980s, in the González Catán factory.
Real truck text from Wikipedia
For more on the Unimog Click Here
Another article on Corgi’s later issue buses and coaches, this is for the Bedford OB, one of my favourite old coaches.
The first one above must be an earlier livery as the number is C949/2 and just called Bedford type OB coach.
The second one is one of many liveries done for this coach and this is number 81555 ‘Muratroyds’
Great detail as expected from Corgi, these are 1:50 scale diecast models.
The real coaches
The Bedford “O” type lorry chassis was introduced in the summer of 1939, with a coach-chassis version named the “OB”. Duple Coachbuilders modified their ‘Hendonian’ body to fit the chassis, which at 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m) was longer than the previous WTB model. The six cylinder overhead valve power unit with a capacity of 3519 cc, introduced in 1938, developed 72 bhp (54 kW; 73 PS) at 3000 rpm.
Only 73 OB chassis were built pre-World War II, before all of Vauxhall and Bedford production was turned over to the war effort, specifically producing the Churchill tank.
Picture taken at Essex classic show 2013
Although only 73 were built prior to the cessation of production due to World War II, it reappeared in an unchanged form at the end of the war, continuing in production until 1951. A total of 12,766 were produced, making it one of the most popular buses of its type ever.
For more on the Bedford OB coaches see wikipedia.org