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Category: Lone Star
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.
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.