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Category: Lone Star
The Lone Star ‘Superfreighters’ used the Kings of the Road chassis casting as the tractor of the small range of artic trucks, these came during the Kings of the Road series released in 1983 and finally discontinued in 1986 the one below is numbered 1601 and in the livery of the then popular Roadline parcel carrier (previously the number 1601 was the Kings of the Road farm truck) The 1601 farm truck continued as 1801 in 1982 until 1986.
Below is the cab chassis unit by itself, showing the black plastic insert added to the basic, Kings of the Road chassis cab.
Another I have is this Lone Star Super Roadmasters, extending crane truck, number 1292.
The main difference between the two ranges is Superfreighters are branded box trailers, such as Roadline, Birdseye, Walls ice cream etc, whereas the Super roadmasters includes a crane as above, a tipper, fuel tanker etc, Super Roadmasters were released earlier in 1980, there was 6 Super Roadmasters produced and 6 of the Superfreighters were produced from 1983, probably future liveries were planned but never materialised.
For more on the Kings of the Road range Click here
Although I have done an article on Roadmasters before, since then many new trucks have been added to the collection.
The article is prompted by the addition of a very rare find,.
Lone Star RM10, Rocket fuel tanker.
Released in 1962, as a completely new model road vehicle series by Lone Star.
The cab style was already in use for the modern army series from 1957 and obviously adapted for these artic trucks.
Although the trailer casting went on until 1976 as various tanker liveries the cab unit was replaced with another type in 1969 and became 1281 milk tanker and 1291 Esso petrol tanker seen with RM10 below.
Also the milk tanker 1281 below with 1284, LS transport Co
An interesting article by the RM10 Rocket fuel tankers previous owner Ewan can be found here
Also recently acquired is 1285, ‘Inter-City Express Co’ with box trailer.
Produced between 1969 and 1972.
Number 1285 became the open bulk carrier in 1973 until around 1976 when the range was discontinued.
Related articles ; Lone Star Austin trucks
The real trucks
I actually have no real truck information on these ones other than it’s an Austin, possibly a ‘Loadstar’ and produced back in 1957, it did continue for quite some years into the 1960′s, if you know more about these trucks then please contact me.
Some time ago I did a few articles on the Lone Star ‘Highway Constructors’ but a new addition came my way recently.
This is from the Highway Constructors series, Tractor excavator, number 1506.
This came with the trench arm and scoop and is nearly all diecast with rubber tracks.
In production from 1977 to 1983 then re-branded in yellow with the Wimpey construction logo from 1983 to 1984.
In the 1970′s and early 1980′s Lone Star did a couple of generic ranges, Top Boy being just one of them.
The series was released in 1972 as ‘Big Boys’ trucks, but changed in 1973 to ‘Top Boy’ the series ran until 1978
This is two colour versions of the cement mixer truck, number 1555.
A rather futuristic looking cab.
They have tilting cabs and tipping bodies.
The yellow cab one has two steering wheels, this would make sense when moulding and would suit either left or right hand drive by removing the unnecessary one depending on where it was sold.
I don’t know if this is unusual to still have both steering wheels fitted as I have no others to compare with, the other cement mixer has both steering wheels missing, will be able to tell once I get a few more in the collection.
The one below is another colour combination but also has a diecast drum whereas the above two are plastic.
Much heavier and evident by the paint chips.
I am guessing these were issued before the plastic drums and may well of had a limited run before they changed to plastic, also note the red beacons on the roof are individual and doesn’t have the red bar between them as in both the exsamples above.
Updated; new additions
This latest truck came my way by chance and is the Lone Star, Top Boy 1553, Sand truck, note the swivel spot lights rather than the red beacons on the mixers above.
This also has two steering wheels so not unusual.
Next we have the Breakdown truck, number 1551.
And the fire engine, number 1552, although missing one set of air horns and the ladder, some wonder why I buy diecast models with bits missing but I would rather have a bad one than not have one at all, these are getting harder to find, and will no doubt find a better version in the future.
On the plus side, it’s in pretty good condition and does have the ladder stay which is also usually missing, if I get around to it I could make simple ladders, for displaying this truck.
All the bodies from the Top Boy range went on to be used for the ‘Kings of the Road’ series which went from 1978 until 1982.