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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.
Number 25, earth dumper/loader, produced 1967 to 1975, 79mm long, possibly modelled on the Aveling Barford loading shovel.
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
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.
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/
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
This year at the annual Lone Star Exhibition I had a stall to show my own Lone Star collection, it had been extended to include Dinky Toys too.
Last year I visited this show for the first time and learnt alot about Lone Star and this year was no different.
My own small collection
The red crane with the white jib is new and bought at the show, boxed and mint.
Most of the models here have already been written about and you can find out more by searching Lone Star on this website.
So lets have a look around the Exhibition.
On the table next to me was this Lone Star Treblo electric layout, and fully operational, Treblo or OOO was the father of British N gauge.
A few static diecast Treblo layouts showing a vast number of the range that was available by Lone Star.
Lone Star were well known for their diecast cap guns of many types and in fact gained the name solely because of the western theme they had adopted, this stall had one of the biggest ranges I have ever seen.
Even more Lone Star weapons.
This is Ian Dorrell and his amazing collection of all things Lone Star, probably the largest collection in the UK, in fact many of the pictures in the reference books I use are of Ian’s collection.
There was plenty of stalls selling Lone Star as well as other makes, and as already said I have added a Lone Star crane to my collection, a few other things caught my eye and worthy of adding here.
First this set of Dinky A4 locomotives, around N gauge in size, According to the “Great book of Dinky Toys” The Green one, Light blue one , the Silver and Red one and the Silver one Are from 1937–1941. The Dark Green one is obviously after 1948 with that BR crest. The one in Dark Blue can either be Pre or post WW2…
Personally I had not seen these before.
Another Dinky set and was really tempted with buying it, but alas, I didn’t.
This is also Dinky no. 18 Tank Goods Set produced 1934–1941.
As the theme was Lone Star and Dinky diecast, I was suprised they had a large O gauge Hornby 3-rail layout, but Frank Hornby did produce the Dinky range as well as Hornby trains and of course Meccano, the following pictures are of the layout which I had great pleasure in watching much of the day.