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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
The Lone Star ‘Superfreighters’ used the Kings of the Road chassis casting as the tractor of the small range of artic trucks, these came during the Kings of the Road series released in 1983 and finally discontinued in 1986 the one below is numbered 1601 and in the livery of the then popular Roadline parcel carrier (previously the number 1601 was the Kings of the Road farm truck) The 1601 farm truck continued as 1801 in 1982 until 1986.
Below is the cab chassis unit by itself, showing the black plastic insert added to the basic, Kings of the Road chassis cab.
Another I have is this Lone Star Super Roadmasters, extending crane truck, number 1292.
The main difference between the two ranges is Superfreighters are branded box trailers, such as Roadline, Birdseye, Walls ice cream etc, whereas the Super roadmasters includes a crane as above, a tipper, fuel tanker etc, Super Roadmasters were released earlier in 1980, there was 6 Super Roadmasters produced and 6 of the Superfreighters were produced from 1983, probably future liveries were planned but never materialised.
For more on the Kings of the Road range Click here
Although I have done an article on Roadmasters before, since then many new trucks have been added to the collection.
The article is prompted by the addition of a very rare find,.
Lone Star RM10, Rocket fuel tanker.
Released in 1962, as a completely new model road vehicle series by Lone Star.
The cab style was already in use for the modern army series from 1957 and obviously adapted for these artic trucks.
Although the trailer casting went on until 1976 as various tanker liveries the cab unit was replaced with another type in 1969 and became 1281 milk tanker and 1291 Esso petrol tanker seen with RM10 below.
Also the milk tanker 1281 below with 1284, LS transport Co
An interesting article by the RM10 Rocket fuel tankers previous owner Ewan can be found here
Also recently acquired is 1285, ‘Inter-City Express Co’ with box trailer.
Produced between 1969 and 1972.
Number 1285 became the open bulk carrier in 1973 until around 1976 when the range was discontinued.
Related articles ; Lone Star Austin trucks
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I actually have no real truck information on these ones other than it’s an Austin, possibly a ‘Loadstar’ and produced back in 1957, it did continue for quite some years into the 1960′s, if you know more about these trucks then please contact me.
Crescent Toys was a British toy manufacturing company in operation from 1922 to 1980. It manufactured lead figures and animals, die cast metal vehicles, toy guns, and later plastic figures.
Crescent toys mobile rocket launcher number 126, this was produced in army green and also civilian colours red and green with a yellow rocket.
The rocket on this example should be white, so not sure whether this has been issued this way or added to the vehicle at a later date.
The yellow rocket would of been part of the civilian truck.
The green is a darker army green although have seen these in a brighter army green. possibly Brunswick green with the American white star on the cab doors, therefore assuming this was issued in two types of army green, on close inspection this doesn’t look like it’s been re-painted.
The rocket is plastic with a diecast warhead and possibly designed for loading caps, firing this rocket is certianly dangerous indoors with the heavy metal nose, you couldn’t design toys like that now-a-days.
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The Diamond T Motor Car Company was founded in Chicago in 1905 by C. A. Tilt. Reportedly, the company name was created when Tilt’s shoe-making father fashioned a logo featuring a big “T” (for Tilt, of course) framed by a diamond, which signified high quality.
Real truck text and picture from Wikipedia