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Possibly my ultimate holy grail of Triang diecast and the most I ever paid for a single model to date, the rare Triang Spot-on Jones mobile crane in 1:42 scale.
Actually they are not that rare but as a rule rarely affordable complete and in a reasonable condition.
I didn’t pay over the odds for this one and pleased with finally owning a model I have been wanting to add to my collection for many years, in fact ever since I saw one on the Triang box for Arkitex construction sets
This Triang Spot-On is Triang number 117 and produced somewhere between 1959 and 1967 if not during that whole period.
With a fully functioning crane this beast is a joy to operate.
This will remain in the condition it came rather than restore it, however I have ordered some new reproduction decals.
Was also available with an all red cab and a grey chassis.
Spot-On models, was a brand name for a line of diecast toy cars by Tri-ang produced from 1959 through about 1967. They were manufactured in 1:42 scale in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom.
Tri-ang advertised the precise nature of its (larger) chosen scale as being ‘spot-on’ at 1/42 throughout.
Well over a hundred different models were designed, the range being extended to include scale buildings and road signs. Production continued until the time that Tri-ang bought Dinky Toys in 1967.
The owners decided to discontinue Spot-On in favour of Dinky in 1967). Some production continued in New Zealand. From this point on, Dinkys were usually made in 1:42 scale, though unlike Spot-On they were not consistent and continued to make both larger and smaller models to fit in with different market niches.
The real crane
The Jones mobile crane, known as a KL10 did exist.
Jones Cranes was a UK brand for several types of crane originally produced by its first brandname called K & L Steelfounders and Engineers Ltd from a large factory site based at Letchworth in Hertfordshire, England. The firm was very similar in many ways to the larger manufacturer Coles Cranes Limited their closest supplier and name of several crane types, later by the 1940s the company was renamed JONES CRANES LIMITED until they collapsed in the 1990s.
Jones had a chance to develop another whole new original concept but werent able to yet because they never built cranetrucks before of their own except their models mounted on standard AEC, ERF, FODEN and LEYLAND lorries. Jones Cranes Management then ordered to their neighbours a firm called SD Shelvoke & Drewry Limited a very long established lorry firm to build them a special 6X6 offroad truck to use it as cranecarrier for their next prototype crane model using 3 axle drive. This was later known as the useful 1962 JONES KL10-10 6WD cranetruck their first original go-anywhere allwheel driven crane that was selling moderately well but suffered from the big sales champion and rival all hydraulic mobilecrane the famous and bigger Coles Hydra 4WD 4WS of about the same decade but the KL10-10 still sold well and it was available with either Leyland TD or Perkins Diesel engines similar to 1960s lorries.
This KL10-10 6X6 a completely new model was partially co-developed by SD Ltd using a six wheel driven crosscountry chassis, built with a new 2 men fibreglass cab, with new hydraulic crane controls within the drivers cab, offroad driving axles and tyres plus a new 32ft long latticejib and was able to lift any 12 ton loads. Around 6980 models or so of them were sold with several improvements done to it until 1973 when its production ended. This was another successful first attempt at a new large model to have sold rather well and by the early 1970s Jones felt the need to redevelop their modern cranecarrier concept and they entered another period of internal redevelopment for diesel-hydraulic new models for that decade using other heavy truck mechanicals available like Bedford, Ford, Leyland, Cummins, Perkins and Scania in order to relaunch another new crane generation.
Jones cranes text from tractors.wikia.com
Real Jones crane Picture from flickriver.com
Tri-ang did their own range of diecast models and called them ‘Spot-On’ produced from 1959 through about 1967. They were manufactured in 1:43 scale in Belfast, Northern Ireland and are now harder to get hold of at a sensible price in very good condition the little car below is a restoration I have done to a poor example.
Tri-ang’s Spot-On range were 1:42 scale the the car below is no exception, Dinky and Corgi were both a little loose with their scale – typically around 1:48 for cars, but Spot-On decided always to be exactly “spot-on” in 1:43, this is the Meadows Frisky Sport, Tri-ang Number 119 (note the number plate I made).
This model would of been issued between 1959 and 1967, this one is an earlier versions, going by the wheels, they later changed to a realistic looking wheel and squarer treaded tyre, seen on my restored Spot-On Fiat Multipla.
The earlier one generally had a black painted roof and different coloured bodies and even the interior was moulded different colours, later wheel types have been seen with white, cream and light grey roofs and paler colours such as this blue.
The real car
Photographed at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
The Frisky car project was conceived by Captain Raymond Flower, racing driver and Managing Director of the Cairo Motor Co Ltd., Nuffield distributors in Egypt. Flower operated the company with his two brothers, Derek and Neville, all of whom were part of the brewing dynasty of Flower & Sons of Stratford on Avon.
As the potential for manufacture within Egypt dissipated, Raymond Flower took his idea of a small, mass produced, economical lightweight car for every-man to manufacturers in the UK, eventually reaching agreement with Henry Meadows Ltd to proceed with the project.
The production versions of the Friskysport and Frisky Coupe were very similar and used identical chassis, but there are differences to the bodywork. Early versions of the Friskysport are fitted with a separate chrome Reliant Sabre windscreen frame, they have a detachable tail section and dummy air intake scoops just behind the doors whilst later cars have the same lower body as the Coupe. The Friskysport has overriders, whilst the Coupe has plain bumpers. The Coupe initially used the Friskysport body with an integral, glassed-on roof and steel framed front windscreen, until the Family Three one-piece body became available in 1959, which was then used for both cars.
The Frisky Family Three was basically a three-wheeled version of the coupe fitted with a smaller Villiers 9E engine and MacPherson strut front suspension. Having three wheels instead of four meant the car qualified for lower vehicle excise duty and also meant that it could be driven with a motorcycle licence. It entered production in about February 1959.