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A few recently acquired diecast vehicles come from a company called Fun Ho! and made in New Zealand.
These are ‘Matchbox’ sized and although simple castings have the same appeal as early Matchbox in my opinion.
Firstly two Fun Ho Landliner buses.
Although not the same they have the echo of the Matchbox Greyhound buses about them.
Another I have is the Bedford TK milk tanker, one of a few different liveries.
The chassis length suggests it may of been designed for a rigid truck as it looks to long, although may of been just designed that way.
Text below from Wikipedia
Fun-Ho! Toys were a brand of diecast toy cars and trucks manufactured and distributed by Underwood Engineering Co. Ltd. of Inglewood, New Zealand. Production was started by Jack Underwood about 1935 and continued until 1982.
One interesting aspect in the casting of Fun Ho! toys is that when a changeover from lead was made, the logical industry choice of zamac or similar zinc alloy was passed up and most Fun Ho! toys are made of aluminium.
To read more on this brand visit Wikipedia
Crescent Toys are probably better known for their older models from the mid sixties and earlier, between 1975 and 1980 a series of diecast trucks based on the French Berliet were produced, little information is available on these or the model range, therefore only what I know as fact has been added to this article.
It all started with the Crescent concrete mixer.
I do like the simplicity of these models, along with Lone Star and Triang of the time, many makers followed a generic route although it has been said these Crescent trucks are based on the French Berliet trucks as already mentioned.
Using the same basic chassis a selection of pickup type trucks were also produced, two of them seen below.
The military cargo truck would of had a moulded plastic canvas cover. and could of been numbered as 1260.
The exhausts are very susceptible to being broken off.
The trucks also have a plastic drop down tailgate, I have seen another coloured version in lime green.
The Recovery crane is the fourth one I have and was also in the military green, this would of has black gas bottles in the recess holes in the back, seen below.
All the number plate are the same CTC 53N making it 1975.
In 1980, Crescent Toys was bought up by DCMT and the name disappeared.
Updated; There was also a tipper although as yet I haven’t found one, a picture of an old Ebay listing has been found on Google (see below).
Another generic truck from the same production period, 1975, is shown below, this is so far the only version I’ve seen, even has the same number plate as the models above.
One of the many ranges produced by Lone Star was the Impy 1:76 scaled range of trucks etc.
Some of these are shown below;
Firstly these two Leyland trucks, based on the prototype Leyland gas turbine truck (see picture further down the page).
Next the Merryweather Fire engine with fully extending ladders and stabilisers, also based on a Leyland/AEC cab and chassis from the late 1960′s
The real Leyland gas turbine truck
The Leyland Gas Turbine Truck project evolved from Leyland’s acquisition of Rover in 1967. Rover had produced a succession of gas-turbine cars in the ‘fifties & ‘sixties and by 1968 gas-turbines had been developed for road transport.
Picture and text from http://ccmv.aecsouthall.co.uk/
Chad Valley started way back in 1860 as a stationary printers and went on to make board games, the name Chad Valley came from a local brook/stream called the Chad in Harbourne.
This truck, Numbered 232 was produced between 1949 and 1953 under the Wee Kin brand also owned by Chad Valley.
Made of diecast metal , it has a clockwork motor and operating tower.
This particular truck chassis has been used for many body types including a milk truck, breakdown truck and a flat bed truck among many others.
Chad Valley was bought out by Palitoy in 1978 and the name finally bought by Woolworth’s in 1988, the Chad Valley name still continues and made elsewhere.
For the full Chad Valley history see the PDF on this link http://www.giochidelloca.it/storia/valley.pdf