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Category: Lone Star
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
Probably one of the longest running Lone Star castings was the ‘Farm Tractor’ (1293) later to become the Farm King tractor (1286).
From what I can work out this model ran from 1964 up to 1976 but continued in some sets right up to 1982.
Probably based on the Fordson Major
Although seen mainly in red, a yellow version was also available as part of the Roadmaster Major series.
In 1979 another tractor under the series name Farmers Boy was released all came as sets with implements and doubt the tractors came alone, numbered from 1701 to 1727 with various different implements.
Solo tractors shown below in yellow and blue.
International tractor with elevator 1703
International tractor with disc harrow 1701
This harrow is not complete, the part holding the two harrow frames together is missing.
An unusual set I have is set number 1741 from 1980, unusual because it’s not listed in the Lone Star book, containing three implements and the above tractor in red.
A better picture with the lid removed
Another tractor known as the 10 series Ford tractor was released in 1982 until 1987.
Between 1988 and 1989, 1750 was re-numbered 1792
A double wheeled version was also released in 1986 and numbered 1751
Both Lone Star and Slikka Toys (or Tools) are names used by DCMT (Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd) the parent company of both names, Lone Star was used from 1951 until the companies demise in 1988.
This small adjustable wrench, possibly made 1951, one item from the ‘Junior Mechanic’s Tool Kit’ DCMT Cat No117. Other tools in the set would of been a screwdriver, pliers, and a ball pein hammer.
I found this by chance from a seller selling old tools.
For more on the DCMT and Lone Star history, see http://www.lone-star-diecast-bk.com/history.html
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.
A boxed version of the Walls Lone Star ‘Superfreighters’ number 1692
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 next one is harder to find number 1295, Crane transporter
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 and crane transporter 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.
Below is the back panel from a 1981 Super Roadmasters box showing the diverse range.
For more on the Kings of the Road range Click here