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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.


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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 and Dinky Exhibition, WhiteWebbs museum 2014

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

Whitewebbs DC expo 9

The red crane with the white jib is new and bought at the show, boxed and mint.

Whitewebbs DC expo 10

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.

Whitewebbs DC expo 1

A  few static diecast  Treblo layouts showing a vast number of the range that was available by Lone Star.

Whitewebbs DC expo 2

Whitewebbs DC expo 3

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.

Whitewebbs DC expo 7

Even more Lone Star weapons.

Whitewebbs DC expo 8

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.

Whitewebbs DC expo 6

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.

Whitewebbs DC expo 4

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.

Whitewebbs DC expo 5

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.





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Lone Star, Austin-Western, model 220 mobile crane

by Peter
Categories: Austin-Western, Construction Plant, Diecast models, Impy, Lone Star
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Today another Lone Star vehicle, this time a mobile crane, this is from the IMPY Super cars ‘commercials’ range and called the Austin-Western model 220 mobile crane, from what I can work out this is number 33 and released 1968 until 1972 then again in 1975.

This is actually a very good scale representation of the real crane and if I had to guess a scale would put this at around 1:64, the crane is only 72mm long (88mm with the crane arm).

According the the jib casting this is a 5 ton crane.

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The real crane

The Austin-Western company history

In 1901, F.C. Austin Manufacturing Company and Western Wheeled Scraper Company, which until then had been fierce competitors, formed a corporation called Austin-Western Road Machinery Company. Its offices were in Chicago, Illinois.

Western Wheeled Scraper purchased F.C. Austin Manufacturing Company in 1902, renaming it Austin Manufacturing Company, and the three companies operated until 1934. Austin and Western products were manufactured and sold under those names, although the Austin-Western name also appeared on machinery, especially in the early 1930s.

In 1934, the two manufacturing companies were consolidated under the name Western-Austin Company, with Austin-Western as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The Austin-Western name was in standard use on the equipment after the merger, although the Western-Austin name also occasionally appeared in conjunction with Austin-Western. Also in 1934, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company moved from Chicago to Aurora, Illinois, and manufacturing operations were consolidated in Aurora in 1939.

On January 1, 1944, all operations were consolidated under the Austin-Western Company name, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company was dissolved, and the Western-Austin name was dropped.

Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (Collection 135) acquired Austin-Western as a subsidiary on March 8, 1951. In July of 1965, Armour and Company of Chicago, Illinois, purchased Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation of Philadelphia. In December of 1970, the Greyhound Corporation purchased all of Armour and Company and its subsidiaries.

In May of 1971 the Clark Equipment Company purchased only the Construction Equipment Division from Greyhound. This consisted of the Austin-Western Division of Aurora, Illinois; the Lima Division of Lima, Ohio; and the Division of BLH Canada located at St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Clark went on to phase out the Austin-Western name in the mid-1970s, consolidating the line into its Crane Division. It also moved production of graders–the last survivor of the line–to the former Hancock Manufacturing Company plant in Lubbock, Texas in 1978. The Lubbock plant was closed and the grader line discontinued in 1981.

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Lone Star, Impy #2

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Foden, Impy, Lone Star, Scania, Trucks
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This is the second article on the Lone Star, Impy range, the first showed some of the Impy Major trucks I had acquired.

Todays article is really an update and some recent additions.

Firstly one of my favourites, the Impy Major crane truck No181 and was released in 1977, and like the cargo truck in the previous post is, although simplistic, likely to be based on a Scania.

The trailer is fixed to the cab unit like other Impy trucks I have and has a functional rotating crane with extending jib.

Seen below in action lifting a car for transport to the scrapyard, a poorly Matchbox Austin.

This is slightly less common than others I have but still readily available in places like Ebay, some boxed.

The second one today is based on a Foden and still, at present in it’s sealed blister pack.

Initally released in 1969 with the Lucas Batteries livery in dark green and orange tinted glass, and was replaced in 1970 as express freight as in the picture below.

This is the first one I have had that actually represents a known maker and a good scale representation too.

This was the Hi-speed wheels version and may well of been a later issue than the 1970 Lone star regular wheeled version I’ve seen.

Both are scaled at around 1:64.

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The real trucks

The crane truck is believed to be based on a 1976 Scania L140

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The Foden is one of the best known makers in British trucking History, Foden Trucks was a British truck and bus manufacturing company which has its origins in Sandbach, Cheshire in 1856. and started in the truck business with their famous steam trucks.

The 1967 Foden S36 below is a classic Foden as I remember them.

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