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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.


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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Even more Lone Star weapons.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Matchbox, Majorette & Lone Star jeeps

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Jeep, Lone Star, Majorette, Matchbox, Off road, Tuf Tots
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The  Jeep is well known across the world, as an army workhorse and in civilian use.

Matchbox released their first jeep in 1966 as a civilian version in bright yellow, this was No72 in the 1-75 range, in 1970 it received the Superfast wheels and finally retired two years later in 1972.

This yellow and red seat combination was the only colour version ever made.

An interesting page on this jeep Click Here

In the ’70′s hot rod were all the rage so Matchbox came up with the Jeep hot rod No2 and released in 1972 to replace the previous jeep, this was a complete new casting which some parts of was to run for years to come.

The next two are somewhat confusing and although I knew what the models should be, they have in fact reversed baseplates!

The casting is very similar to the Jeep hot rod but now has the bonnet in place, the seat setup looks the same moulding in black and the screen now has a notch to carry the gun, this should be Jeep No38 and released about 1978, the box would of said ‘Armoured Military Jeep No38, but this one has the base plate of No11 Sleet N Snow.

To confirm this I checked a second one I have and it has No38 on the base but indentical in every other respect to this one.

The next one has the common set up with the notched windscreen but no hole in the casting for the gun so in theory this is No11, but no this one has the number 38 on the base plate!

I did find one listed on Ebay with it’s box and says in the description the base plate has No11 sleet n snow while the box clearly show it’s the Armoured Military Jeep No38, so this is not a one off.

After much head scratching and research I still don’t really know why but the variations on this casting run to dozens, they are both probably No38.

I found this website which helps explain some of them, especially the No38 Jeep 1976-1979.

Christian Falkensteiner’s Matchbox Lesney Superfast Pictures

Next is the Matchbox CJ8 Jeeps, this is No53 and produced from around 1977

Matchbox brought out others in between but my next one jumps to 2009 and and number MB96, issued mainly in tan or olive green with different tampo designs, this one was  made in Thailand, the tampo on mine is ‘Double Black circular lines and White “22875-JC” stencil on the bonnet, Black “784″ stencil on white square over 4 vertical Black stripes at sides’

Majorette also released a Jeep No268, this one has been seen in many colours, this is listed as 1:56 scale and based on the CJ-5

This little Jeep is a Tuf Tots casting from Lone Star  and scaled at 1:85, the trailer is part of the set and is No608.

To give a comparison on size here is the Tuf Tots Jeep next to the Matchbox Jeep.

To see more Jeep articles Click Here

The real vehicles

A very interesting website if you like Jeeps


The original trademark brand-name application was filed in February 1943 by Willys-Overland. It is also used as a generic term with a lowercase (jeep) for vehicles inspired by the Jeep that are suitable for use on rough terrain.

As the only company that continually produced Jeep vehicles after the war, in June 1950 Willys-Overland was granted the privilege of owning the name “Jeep” as a registered trademark.

For more on the history of the jeep Click Here

Lone Star, Tuf Tots

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Ford, Lone Star, Mokes, Trucks, Tuf Tots
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Lone Star” was the Toy Division of Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. of Palmers Green, London, N13, England, established in 1939.  They were among the world’s leading manufacturers of die cast metal model cap-firing guns, and model vehicles.  The range of Western-style pistols and rifles was first introduced in 1949.  In 1960, Lone Star Products Ltd. entered the die cast metal car market and, ten years later, their range comprised over 70 different models, the series of which were continually added to until 1988 when the company was sold.

The Tuf Tots were introduced in 1969 by Lone Star. The Tuf-Tots trucks were made in scale 118-1, 16 different models were made, including a bus, a fire truck, and an earth mover.

I have recently aquired a few of the trucks and thought I would share them here.

The first picture show number 601, Esso tanker, This model was most common in blue, but it was also made with a red cab. Later versions had Esso stamped so mine is a later issue, the second in this picture is number 610, construction truck, some earlier one’s had a sticker on the side of the tipper with a blank in the casting, this one shows the ribbing all the way up suggesting this is a later model and never had decals or stickers.

The next picture shows number 611, Freight truck, again this is the later model as the ribs on the sides go all the way up whereas early one’s had a blank in the casting and stickers or decals

As always I tend to reseach the source or the vehicle to the real trucks or cars and in this case my first thought were GMC, I actually believe this is cast using The Ford N-series as the inspiration, Tuf Tots had a far larger range of trucks than this I have made it my misson to track them all down for the website and my collection.

Updated 7/2/2013

Since this article was written I have acquired more of the trucks for the collection.

The first picture show the three above and are upgrades in better condition

Next, No607 dump truck and No618, waste disposal truck, better known these days as a skip truck in the UK.

The following picture shows No616, milk delivery truck, 615, cement mixer truck and No617 and according to the Lone*Star leaflet, this is a  horse box, although more likely a cattle truck.

A few variations

These two tow trucks No606 both have different coloured chassis, this seemed to be quite popular with this range making it harder to list all colour versions that were available.

Next is No609, the flat bed truck, this came with a set of petrol pumps on the back when new, again different coloured chassis and cab, I managed to get hold of the petrol pumps recently these truck are now as they should be.


And last is the Milk delivery truck No616 above but two versions with a different colour on the body, one white and one cream.

For more on Tuf  Tots, visit this dedicated website, Click Here

One I don’t have in the brochure is the 626 Circus Truck below, this would of had a white plastic lion with it from new, also 614 City Refuse truck is a hard one to find but have now added both to my ever growing collection of  Lone Star Tuf Tots.


Updated 21 December 2013

One that has eluded me for some time was the lowloader, mainly because I couldn’t find one, but now the missing piece of the Tuf Tots Ford truck collection is complete, this is Number 612.

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Tuf Tots also did a small range of cars some I have and will be posted elsewhere, they also did a jeep and trailer which can be seen in my Jeep article Here

Below are a few of the harder to find Tuf Tots including; number 613 speedboat and trailer, number 625 2 wheeled caravan trailer and the elusive 627 earth mover.

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Other Tuf Tots history

In the 1990′s, 18 of the Tuff Tots were re-released by Microlink Industries Ltd, Microlink used the old Lone Star Tuf-Tot dies to produce a range of 18 different vehicles marketed as “Mokes” “Part 5″. There were never any parts / ranges 1-4, presumably this was done just to give the impression that there might have been.  The dies were changed so the Lone Star Tuf-Tots name was replaced by the Mokes logo. The Mokes collection were still marked “Made in England” on the base plate despite the factory being in Wales.

They were diecast with plastic truck backs and were available in hundreds of colour combinations and coloured wheels, similar to the Matchbox range ‘My first matchbox’

I was lucky enough to acquire an original Lone Star Tuf Tots, brochure from the 1970′s and have scanned all the pages of the entire Tuf Tots range, these are available on this page at a later date.

The real trucks

The Ford N-series truck, like Tuf Tots seems to of been best part forgotten, I did an article before on the Ford N-Series including some stunning pictures of a fully restored Ford N-series, to see article Click Here

Picture and truck owned by Michelle Cole

There is a book on the Lone Star history available direct from the author, see link below.
The Bumper Book of ‘Lone Star’ Diecast Models and Toys 1948-88: Die-cast Products