Lone Star military vehicles

by Peter
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Back in 1957 Lone Star started what would become a long running series of military castings that were in production on and off until 1979 in various forms the removable guns and searchlights etc was reused even later until 1986 on their sci-fi range ‘The space commanders‘.

The start of this series was the armoured car, No 1296 and jeep No 1266 in 1957, (armoured car can be seen in the first picture below)

Lone Star modern army 1

The modern army series seen above had black plastic wheels and was also produced in a sand coloured set called ‘War in the desert’ probably released around the same time although extremely hard to find. The desert set was numbered MFU12.

The truck above I have not come across with the pressed steel cover, an open truck is listed but only seen without the cover so again I assume these are quite hard to find.

The clever design allowed the guns, searchlight and radar dish to be removed, the truck and the trailers all had the same fitting and were all inter-changeable.

These were only shown in production until around 1960 although most of these castings were re-released in the seventies as the ‘Army strike force’ or ‘Army series’  in a matt olive green, the later casting had updated wheels, a form of speed wheels and can be seen below on another variation released in 1974 as ‘International peace force’ and repainted in blue.

Lone Star modern army 4

The jeep casting is that of the 1957 range although the armour car had a small redesign as the turret was now removable, same fitting as the weapons above, the early armoured cars had a riveted turret, this may well of been re-designed due to the chrome turret.

Lone Star modern army 2

The truck casting also became the ‘sand truck’ with a bulldozer type blade fitting and repainted orange, and also a breakdown truck, usually yellow, with operating jib.

Lonestar 24

An artic tractor unit was also produced and used on a limited range of Road Masters.

Some of the trailer fighting units also had operators but again many got lost over the years.

Lone Star modern army 3

I have seen a second trailer unit, slightly longer and has mudguards over the wheels, at yet I haven’t actually found one for the collection. they were part of a jeep and trailer set the trailer casting above seems far more common.

Recently another Army truck came my way, the missile launcher truck.

Lone Star MAS1

I paid a fair bit for this one. more than I usually would as not only was it boxed but also has it’s ever so rare missile, something you wouldn’t be allowed to produced these days.

With many rocket launchers including those fitted to the ‘Space Commanders‘ it is at least good to have at least one missile.

The box artwork.

Lone Star MAS2

Due to the rarity of the missiles, I have decided to look at re-creating them in white metal, in due course I will have these available for sale, if you have an interest in these then contact me to register your interest and I will add you to the list when these become available (likely summer 2018).


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