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Base Toys, Leyland FG, Commer Karrier

by Peter
Categories: Austin, Base Toys, Commer, Diecast models, Karrier, Leyland, Trucks
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Base Toys have been around a while now and have been released by a company in Hong Kong mainly aimed at the model railway collectors, finding out anything about the company however has proved almost impossible.
Base Toys are now known as BT Models according to many websites but little else is known.

This first model is the Leyland FG and I found it at a boot sale for a few pounds and really impressed with the detail, these certainly give the likes of Oxford Diecast and Corgi Trackside models a run for their money and generally seem to be trucks and cars other makers have neglected to produce.

I have no number or dates for this model but is believed to be an obsolete version although other Leyland FG models are still in the current line up, these are all 1:76 scale.

To try and find out more about the maker, I bought a new boxed Commer Karrier and again really pleased with it, the detail has improved on this later issue model and has tiny wing mirrors fitted and has glass headlights rather than painted on.

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I do however have a number for this one and is D-95, the box tells me little else other than made in Hong Kong, they are around about the same cost as Oxford Diecast.

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Overall though good quality models in 1:76 scale and a great addition to any model railway layout or diecast collection.

So Base Toys, whoever you are, if you have a website let me know and I will link to it!

The real trucks

Leyland FG

As well as the well known cars Austin also made commercial vehicles, one of which was the FG, previously the Morris FG. The FG was the workhorse that kept Britain running in the 1960s. These Austin FGs and later the Leyland FGs all had petrol or diesel longstroke engines, producing good torque, but very little in the way of speed (40 mph was a good speed out of these vehicles).

The Morris FG (and its Austin S200 sibling) went into production in 1960, differing only in badges and grilles. Their unique cab design tapered towards the rear and had rear-hinged doors which could be opened without projecting beyond the vehicle sides. Below the windscreen corner glass panels helped drivers to park in confined spaces. The FG was designed from weights of 30cwt up to 5-tonnes, and replaced models from both FE and LC ranges.

Commer Karrier

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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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Dinky Supertoys, No968, BBC TV Roving Eye

by Peter
Categories: Commer, Diecast models, Dinky, Karrier, Trucks
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In 1959 TV was coming of age and the then BBC had their own outside broadcast vehicles.

Dinky released the three main vehicles in 1959, the Dinky No968 TV roving eye is shown below, my one has the rotating camera but missing the operator and aerial.

This was based on the Commer Karrier, two other models released were No967, the BBC Mobile control room and No969, BBC TV Extending Mast Vehicle.

In 1962 the BBC TV Roving eye was re-released as the Dinky No988 ABC TV Transmitter Van in a light blue and grey livery and the BBC mobile control room became Dinky No987 ABC TV Control Room also in the blue and grey livery.

The real BBC TV van below

An interesting page showing another real BBC OB vehicle being restored, to view Click Here


Corgi ERF and Commer trucks

by Peter
Categories: Commer, Corgi, Diecast models, ERF, Karrier, Trucks
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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.

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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.

For more on the Commer Karrier see Matchbox Karrier or Vanguards Commer

Another Corgi Commer Karrier of mine is this converted bottle float No455

To see more on this conversion Click Here

The real Trucks

Commer/Karrier

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

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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Matchbox Karrier collection

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Karrier, Matchbox, Trucks
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The Matchbox Karrier Bantam was first released in 1956 and although I’m not sure what dates the two versions appeared there is the ‘even load’ and the ‘uneven load’ versions and an early bit of Coca Cola advertising, in the early Matchbox catalogues they were listed with railway scales and these were scaled on the HO railway scale which is 1:87.

Later in 1957 the Karrier refuse collector was release and was once a common sight on our roads.

The two bottle carriers No37, below show the loading difference on the castings.

Matchbox Karrier refuse collector No38 below.

The later black wheel version was a complete new casting which can be seen on the doors in the picture below.

Matchbox had also added the black base with this version rather than an open casting.

The fronts are also different the later one on the right has the grill bars as slots whereas the older one on the left has raised grill bars the window lines are different too, this tends to make it more like the real truck, steps have been added to the bumper end as well.

The real Karrier Bantam was actually a Commer cab and I remember these as Commer’s and Karrier’s, Commer actually bought out Karrier back in 1936 as part of the Rootes group

For more on The real Karrier Bantam Click Here