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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
It’s been a year since my last visit to this toy fair in Brentwood, this time I didn’t actually buy much but the models I did buy fill a few gaps.
The Matchbox collection has always been the main focus and still trying to fill the gaps in the collection along with upgrading some of the playworn versions I have.
Firstly the Matchbox Jaguar 3.4 litre number 65, this is the smaller casting designated 65a with grey wheels and no glass, although most were blue the metallic blue is not as common.
The later casting with opening bonnet and usually dark red also numbered 65 would of been designated 65b, this one is already part of my collection, was also available with black wheels
Next another Matchbox. and another I didn’t have, the red version of the Fiat 1500 number 56.
Quite rare as was only available in a Matchbox garage gift set G1.
For more on the Matchbox Fiat 1500 Click Here
Next an upgrade of one of the Dinky Dublo vehicles the Morris post office van
This replaces a poor example I’ve had for years
Lastly another Triang tugster for the collection, this one in green, in mint condition and with it’s box
For more on this Triang model 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