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Crescent Toys, Missle launcher

by Peter
Categories: Crescent, Diamond T, Diecast models, Military vehicles, Trucks
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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.

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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.

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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.

Diamond_T_Wrecker_1941

Real truck text and picture from Wikipedia


Crescent Toys, diecast Mobile crane

by Peter
Categories: Crescent, Diamond T, Diecast models, Trucks
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A recent truck I acquired is this 1950′s Crescent mobile crane truck.

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Crescent Toys number 1269

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This was also produced in army green.

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The cab and chassis unit is the same unit as used in the Crescent toys mobile rocket launcher number 126, this was also produced in a similar colour and army green.

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Both now very hard to find.

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Crescent Toys was bought out by DCMT in 1980, later to become Lonestar, and although some Crescent castings were re-branded as Lone Star this 1950′s crane is now much harder to find complete, the jib is thin steel plate and became easily damaged or broken.

This Mobile crane had a badly bent jib when I got it, to see what I had to do Click Here

Crescent Toys history

The real truck

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.

Diamond_T_Wrecker_1941

Real truck text and picture from Wikipedia