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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.

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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.

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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.

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Next my display of Lone Star knights and siege machines, the backdrop is made from parts of a Britains castle.

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In front of the knights, a display of various Lone Star model vehicles.

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Next we have Lone Star Tuf Tots, cranes and a range of Top Boy and Kings of the Road series.

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Below my collection of Lone Star Space Commanders have their own display base, a moon base.

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To see how the moon base was made Click Here

Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.

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Finally my collection of 1:32 Lone Star tractors and machinery.

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The barn is made by Britains but looks good with the Lone Star selection.

A few more pictures from around the show.

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A very large selection of Lone Star guns

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An operational Lone Star treblo layout

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Ian Dorrell’s huge mint collection, or, at least the part of it he brought.

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Hornby three rail dublo layout

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Hornby dublo two rail layout

That’s it for another year, to see previous exhibitions Click Here


Lone Star Tractors

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Lone Star, Tractors
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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.

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Probably based on the Fordson Major

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Although seen mainly in red, a yellow version was also available as part of the Roadmaster Major series.

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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.

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International tractor with elevator 1703

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International tractor with disc harrow 1701

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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.

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A better picture with the lid removed

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Another tractor known as the 10 series Ford tractor was released in 1982 until 1987.

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Between 1988 and 1989, 1750 was re-numbered 1792

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A double wheeled version was also released in 1986 and numbered 1751

 


Triang diecast tractors

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Triang
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Triang were well known for their diecast ranges the models below are slightly more obscure, possibly from the Jumbo series.

Firstly the more common of the two is the Triang Tugster number 37a.

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There are two trailer types for this model, one standard type that fits on the rear  hook and a gooseneck trailer that locates in the hole on the top rear.

I have also seen this model in yellow and green, production between 1970 to 1975.

Updated; I have acquired a gooseneck trailer although in green, strangely enough the green Tugster and trailer seem to be rarer than the blue.

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For now the blue Tugster and green Gooseneck trailer have been paired up until others appear for sale.

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The second tractor/loader I have found far less information on.

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This is a different casting to the Tugster and have found no real information on the internet or elsewhere, as above colours seen are blue, yellow and green, many seen with cab missing.

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The lever that can be seen in the cab operates the loader arm up or down.

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Finally both Triang model together, scale wise, hard to say for sure but 1:28 to 1:32 would be a reasonable guess.

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DCMT / Slikka toys

by Peter
Categories: Lone Star, Slikka Toys
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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.

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For more on the DCMT and Lone Star history, see http://www.lone-star-diecast-bk.com/history.html