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Majorette is a very well known French diecast maker and have made a wide and diverse range over the years.
These trucks are based on the Scania 140 tractor unit and the Majorette models were known as the 3000 series, the listed scale is 1:60, these were produced from about 1973 although no definitive dates are available.
The low loader and boat load below is believed to be number 3060.
I have two of these with different coloured boats loads but have also seen the truck in blue with the low loader and boat load.
Another I have is a tanker unit in Esso livery, Shell is more common and Texaco, Fina and Aral liveries have also been seen.
The Esso livery is number 3041.
Like many makers this Scania tractor unit has been used with numerous trailer combinations and liveries.
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Founded in 1891 in Södertälje, Sweden, the company’s head office is still in the city. Today, Scania has ten production facilities in Sweden, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, and Russia. In addition, there are assembly plants in ten countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Scania’s sales and service organisation and finance companies are worldwide. In 2008, the company employed approximately 35,000 people around the world.
Scania’s logo shows a Griffin, from the coat of arms of the Swedish region of Scania
The real trucks were in production in the 1970′s, certainly between 1973 and 1976 the one below is a 1976 truck.
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Skip lorries, it seems, have been around forever but didn’t really hit the streets in the UK until the 60′s
Diecast makers have made many trucks over the years a few are below.
Firstly we have the Matchbox Superkings number K28 and released in 1977 and based on a Bedford TM truck chassis
Much later in 1985 this truck evolved into a Leyland truck using the same skip body and the same skip, this is number K123 and has vastly improved wheels with front steering, although the amber roof beacons seem to be lost in the holes provided in the casting
On the smaller scale Matchbox created a Ford Cargo skip truck and made available in different colour versions, numbered MB45 and with later type wheels, released in 1986 and made in Thailand.
An earlier Matchbox skip truck was a rather futuristic design and numbered 37 and released back in 1977, this one is still easy to get in many different colours.
Below an early Husky skip truck based on the Bedford TK and complete with a diecast skip, this was numbered as 27 and Released in 1964 and withdrawn in 1969, it was briefly part of the Corgi Juniors range too.
Corgi Juniors also made a Ford skip truck but this time based on the Ford D1000 from the 60′s, numbered 54 and listed as a Ford Container Truck.
And lastly one from the French diecast maker Majorette based on a Scania chassis, numbered 222 and listed as Multibenne
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History of the skip
In 1914, Antoine Marrel, a Berthier car dealer at St-Etienne with a passion for mechanics, dedicated his time and skills to developing a lifting/hanging device. It was the beginning of a great story, and in 1919 The Societe Bennes Marrel was created. The company acquired its fame by launching the very first dumpster activated with cables and gallows.
The Marrel Multibenne or multibucket was designed by Antoine Marrel himself.
It was in the 1960s that the skip as we know it came into its own, beginning its 50-year rise as the bulk waste disposal method of choice for both the domestic and the commercial markets.
Back in the early 1920s the shipping industry in Southport began to use a type of container that loosely resembled a skip and which was removed by a petrol-engine lorry as opposed to the horse-drawn refuse carts that were commonly used throughout the town. For most commercial waste disposal, however, tipper wagons remained the most common option. These were delivered to site by a team, which waited while it was hand or machine loaded before removing it again. The result, however, was the effective double handling of rubbish and the wasting of the delivery team’s time while the wagon was loaded.
By the time the 1960s arrived, the boom in real estate development coupled with an expanding industrial sector meant that volumes increased and time became precious, leading to the development of the modern day skip. These were originally developed in Germany and were adopted by a London company called George Cross & Co., which quickly set about introducing the concept to a ready and willing UK market.
The original skips came in a “one-size-fits-all” format of around six cubic yards and remained that way for many years until skip hire companies embraced the changing needs of the market and developed a range of sizes shapes to suit different uses and waste volumes.
Todays article is really an update and some recent additions.
Firstly one of my favourites, the Impy Major crane truck No181 and was released in 1977, and like the cargo truck in the previous post is, although simplistic, likely to be based on a Scania.
The trailer is fixed to the cab unit like other Impy trucks I have and has a functional rotating crane with extending jib.
Seen below in action lifting a car for transport to the scrapyard, a poorly Matchbox Austin.
This is slightly less common than others I have but still readily available in places like Ebay, some boxed.
The second one today is based on a Foden and still, at present in it’s sealed blister pack.
Initally released in 1969 with the Lucas Batteries livery in dark green and orange tinted glass, and was replaced in 1970 as express freight as in the picture below.
This is the first one I have had that actually represents a known maker and a good scale representation too.
This was the Hi-speed wheels version and may well of been a later issue than the 1970 Lone star regular wheeled version I’ve seen.
Both are scaled at around 1:64.
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The crane truck is believed to be based on a 1976 Scania L140
To see more on Scania history Click Here
The Foden is one of the best known makers in British trucking History, Foden Trucks was a British truck and bus manufacturing company which has its origins in Sandbach, Cheshire in 1856. and started in the truck business with their famous steam trucks.
The 1967 Foden S36 below is a classic Foden as I remember them.
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One of my latest finds is one of the Lone Star Impy Major trucks, this came with it’s box.
Here it is out of the box, the box tells me it’s a Lone Star Impy Major, No183 Low loader, release in the UK in 1979
The trailer is riveted to the cab chassis and has blacked out glass, so looks like Lone Star were doing this long before Matchbox.
Looks good loaded but quite a short bed, here matched up with the Matchbox Ruston-Bucyrus face shovel
Next to the Husky Ford D series low loader as comparison
A much older Impy from my collection is the Timber truck No60, not sure what real truck this would represent but came out in the late 1970′s.
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My guess is this is the low loader is based on a Mercedes, although what model I’m as yet unsure, there are echo’s of the old Mercedes Benz L319 but the grill is more square on the Impy version and has the look of a Mercedes 608 , I doubt neither is right but as always will update this article when I have found the correct vehicle.
Updated Feb 23rd 2012
Just added another one to the Impy collection
This is just called freight on the box and again is from the Lone Star Impy major range, and numbered 187, already have seen a few colour variations, mainly of the plastic backs in either red or green.
Another version of the above truck as a tractor/trailer combo, this is Lone Star, Major Series No.184 Pipe Line Transporter
Possibly based on a 1976 Scania 140 or 1978 Scania 141