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Being in the building trade for over 30 years has given me a interest in all construction releated trucks and machinery, concrete mixers are one of them.
Many years ago, when my son was about 5 year old he used to call them cement mixers, my reply always was ” There’s no such thing as a cement mixer, it’s a concrete mixer, you mix concrete not cement, cement you add to concrete”, a few months later he corrected his teacher when she called one in the school yard working there a cement mixer, my son turned round and said “There’s no such thing as a cement mixer, it’s a concrete mixer, you mix concrete not cement, cement you add to concrete”.
Anyway, today I have grouped together the Husky and Corgi Junior concrete mixers I have.
Most of the diecast makers call them cement mixers!
Firstly and the oldest, is the Husky ERF, No29, and marked as ERF 66GX cement truck.
Probably released in the early 1960′s
Corgi Juniors, Scammell concrete mixer No 47, this is also marked WhizzWheels, released after the Husky Corgi Junior transition so somewhere in the 1970′s, Whizzwheels were fitted to the entire Corgi Juniors range in the early 1970′s.
The real trucks
I’ve always had a fascination for trucks and certain one’s come up again and again as part of my model collection, the older Commer’s are one of them ERF is another.
This article is a collection of Corgi models and accessories bought at the same time from different people.
The Commer, or Karrier lorry cab was once a popular truck on our roads the first one today is the Corgi Commer dropside truck No452, issued in 1956 and withdrawn in 1963, I’m not sure that during this time whether this truck always had glass fitted or if this was a later addition.
The Commer has the spun metal wheels and fitted with a tow hook suitable for the trailers Corgi also issued.
The ERF shown below is also a Corgo lorry No457 and issued a bit later in 1957 and later withdrawn in 1967, the specification is very similar to the Commer, with metal spun wheels and tow hook fitted, but a flatbed rather than a dropside.
This Corgi ERF has since been custom painted with matching trailer.
Corgi produced not only matching trailers but also diecast loads to fit both the dropside and flatbed lorries and trailers, below is four of the range in my collection.
First from left to right is the timber plank load Corgi No 1485, milk churns No 1487 and Marston brick load No 1486, the last is No 1488 cement sack load.
The cement and Brick load seems to suit the flatbeds better as they don’t fit in the Commer dropside bed whereas the others do, they all work well with the flatbeds.
Another Corgi Commer Karrier of mine is this converted bottle float No455
To see more on this conversion Click Here
The real Trucks
Commer was a British manufacturer of commercial vehicles which existed from 1905 until 1979.
In 1926, after being in receivership several times, Commer was taken over by Humber, which in 1931 became part of the Rootes Group.
The Commer name was replaced by the Dodge name during the 1970s following the takeover of Rootes by Chrysler Europe. After Peugeot purchased Chrysler Europe in 1978, the Commer factory was run in partnership with the truck division of Renault, Renault Trucks. It continued to produce the Dodge commercial truck range for some time, with Renault badges and a small amount of product development, eventually these were cancelled in favour of mainstream Renault models and switching production at the factory to production of Renault truck and bus engines in the early 1990s.
Commer acquired the Karrier company as part of Rootes acquisition of Karrier in 1934. In the early 1960s production moved to Dunstable where Commer, Dodge (UK) and Karrier were all brought together.
The Karrier trademark is now owned by Peugeot.
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ERF was a British truck manufacturer. Established in 1933 by Dennis Foden, its factory in Sandbach, Cheshire was closed in 2002, and finished as a marque by owner MAN AG in 2007.
Established in 1933 by Dennis Foden, whose father, Edwin Richard Foden had lately been fired from Fodens Ltd by his step mother. ERF LTD, was founded by Dennis Foden but named in honour of his father. There was no squabble over steam versus diesel, all that is a fabrication. One founder’s son, Billy, went to live in Australia in 1924 and the other son, Edwin Richard retired after being fired and went to live in Blackpool. Based in Sandbach, Cheshire, the company made their own chassis and cabs.
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There is no easy answer to this question as different people see it in different ways, mostly my collection is all original but, the reasoning behind many of the one’s I bought was, “I could always restore them”, some collectors wouldn’t dream of doing it let alone buy one restored.
I do have many models in bad condition, some to a point they are no more than scrap metal, my thoughts on it is I would rather have a complete restored model than a pile of junk.
My own budget is limited so tend to spend the time restoring or converting models that would otherwise no doubt be thrown away.
I sell many but some are to bad to re-sell in my view.
The first model in this article is the classic Matchbox Marshall horse box based on an ERF chassis of the 1948 Model V, I have had two very used one’s in my collection for a few years, one with black wheels and one with grey wheels.
The biggest problem with these is they are missing a key part, the horse box door.
This is common with many used Marshall horseboxes, and complete one’s still go for a fair bit of money, I do get many new diecast parts from either Steve Flowers or Model car parts in the Netherlands.
The early Matchbox are easy to dismantle and in this case the careful tweaking of a single cleat removes the body from the chassis.
This one is done with original colours and far better than playworn and a silver coloured diecast door.
I saw one of these go for £35 recently and yes it is worth it in mint condition but as there are somewhere near 2000 Matchbox models alone up to 2010, I personally don’t have that kind of money to keep my collection growing.
I will be starting to do articles on restoring soon as I have a list of models I am doing and will be looking at restoring, customising (generally known as Code 3′s) and full on rebuilds using parts of different models, and hopefully guide a few people through the processes.
Another easy restoration is the Matchbox removels van, based on a Bedford O series chassis.
My two with differing colour variations, and below restored version, complete with new water slide decals.
Many collectors would cringe at this but I collect because I have a passion for cars and trucks, not because they are all original, I tend to have a bit of a James May attitude, boxes are for selling them in not for keeping them in.
One of the things I get asked to do a lot now is code 3 conversions and I myself have a few in my collection, this is where the colour is different from what was intended or using parts not intented for that given model, a good example is the Draguar Batmobile done by a model maker who does a lot of code 3 conversions (see picture below) built by ADMC code3 on Ebay
Base on the Matchbox Foden concrete mixer and likely to be the compressor from the Thames trader, to me it’s one for the Foden collection.
The real trucks featured is this article are;
ERF Model V More on the history of ERF
The Bedford O series More on Bedford O series