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Category: Lone Star
Back in 1957 Lone Star started what would become a long running series of military castings that were in production on and off until 1979 in various forms the removable guns and searchlights etc was reused even later until 1986 on their sci-fi range ‘The space commanders‘.
The start of this series was the armoured car, No 1296 and jeep No 1266 in 1957, (armoured car can be seen in the first picture below)
The modern army series seen above had black plastic wheels and was also produced in a sand coloured set called ‘War in the desert’ probably released around the same time although extremely hard to find. The desert set was numbered MFU12.
The truck above I have not come across with the pressed steel cover, an open truck is listed but only seen without the cover so again I assume these are quite hard to find.
The clever design allowed the guns, searchlight and radar dish to be removed, the truck and the trailers all had the same fitting and were all inter-changeable.
These were only shown in production until around 1960 although most of these castings were re-released in the seventies as the ‘Army strike force’ or ‘Army series’ in a matt olive green, the later casting had updated wheels, a form of speed wheels and can be seen below on another variation released in 1974 as ‘International peace force’ and repainted in blue.
The jeep casting is that of the 1957 range although the armour car had a small redesign as the turret was now removable, same fitting as the weapons above, the early armoured cars had a riveted turret, this may well of been re-designed due to the chrome turret.
The truck casting also became the ‘sand truck’ with a bulldozer type blade fitting and repainted orange, and also a breakdown truck, usually yellow.
An artic tractor unit was also produced and used on a limited range of Road Masters.
Some of the trailer fighting units also had operators but again many got lost over the years.
I have seen a second trailer unit, slightly longer and has mudguards over the wheels, at yet I haven’t actually found one for the collection. they were part of a jeep and trailer set the trailer casting above seems far more common.
Recently another Army truck came my way, the missile launcher truck.
I paid a fair bit for this one. more than I usually would as not only was it boxed but also has it’s ever so rare missile, something you wouldn’t be allowed to produced these days.
With many rocket launchers including those fitted to the ‘Space Commanders‘ it is at least good to have at least one missile.
The box artwork.
Due to the rarity of the missiles, I have decided to look at re-creating them in white metal, in due course I will have these available for sale, if you have an interest in these then contact me to register your interest and I will add you to the list when these become available (likely early 2018).
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).
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
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.
Picture and text from http://ccmv.aecsouthall.co.uk/
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.
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