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The last week has been mainly acquiring Triang products, not planned but mostly by chance.
The week culminating in a trip to Alexander Palace to a model railway exhibition which I hadn’t intended visiting, it was the idea of my other half as she is building a narrow gauge model railway and was looking for bits and pieces for it, so I tagged along.
During the week a few purchases arrived by post firstly a Triang Tugster diecast tractor I didn’t have and found by chance on Ebay
This has been added to the other Triang Tugsters
To see more information on the Triang Tugster range Click Here
Something I’ve been meaning to collect and not got around to is the Triang Minic ‘push-and-go’ series of trucks, this week two lots turned up at a reasonable price so bought them
Above shows just three versions, the tanker, cement truck and tarpaulin truck, the tarpaulin cover seems very similar if not the same as a Triang wagon load seen on the flat wagon although as I don’t have one can not confirm if it’s the same size.
Below are some of the RAF series including the same tanker as above
All of the trucks have a mechanism allowing it to run forward when pulled backwards, the trucks are all the same moulding with different loads.
The trip to Alexander Palace also yielded results, although mainly new stuff for sale I was surprised how many secondhand stalls there were, I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular for my model railway and rarely buy new stock anyway, but a few great item did catch my attention.
For some time I have been after the Triang ‘Davy Crocket’ old time locomotive but the one’s I’ve seen have been non-runners or missing parts, this one was complete and running.
I suppose now I should look out for the old time coaches.
My star buy was again found by chance and on a stall I had already looked at, this was partly hidden by other items and at first was not obviously Triang Minic Motorways as this is an early box.
The give away was a tiny Triang logo on the end of the box.
After checking is was complete and even had the original instructions, so I bought it.
Finally made up at home, although missing the plastic ramp if you don’t intend using it as part of the Minic Motorway system.
Triang Minic Motorway bus depot, second issue, mid sixties.
Although in the end was a good day out with many layouts on display, lots of innovations and a few good purchases.
To end a layout that caught my eye in O gauge old Hornby Meccano with the biggest display of Bayco buildings I have ever seen.
It’s been a year since my last visit to this toy fair in Brentwood, this time I didn’t actually buy much but the models I did buy fill a few gaps.
The Matchbox collection has always been the main focus and still trying to fill the gaps in the collection along with upgrading some of the playworn versions I have.
Firstly the Matchbox Jaguar 3.4 litre number 65, this is the smaller casting designated 65a with grey wheels and no glass, although most were blue the metallic blue is not as common.
The later casting with opening bonnet and usually dark red also numbered 65 would of been designated 65b, this one is already part of my collection, was also available with black wheels
Next another Matchbox. and another I didn’t have, the red version of the Fiat 1500 number 56.
Quite rare as was only available in a Matchbox garage gift set G1.
For more on the Matchbox Fiat 1500 Click Here
Next an upgrade of one of the Dinky Dublo vehicles the Morris post office van
This replaces a poor example I’ve had for years
Lastly another Triang tugster for the collection, this one in green, in mint condition and with it’s box
For more on this Triang model Click Here
A few recently acquired diecast vehicles come from a company called Fun Ho! and made in New Zealand.
These are ‘Matchbox’ sized and although simple castings have the same appeal as early Matchbox in my opinion.
Firstly two Fun Ho Landliner buses.
Although not the same they have the echo of the Matchbox Greyhound buses about them.
Another I have is the Bedford TK milk tanker, one of a few different liveries.
The chassis length suggests it may of been designed for a rigid truck as it looks to long, although may of been just designed that way.
Text below from Wikipedia
Fun-Ho! Toys were a brand of diecast toy cars and trucks manufactured and distributed by Underwood Engineering Co. Ltd. of Inglewood, New Zealand. Production was started by Jack Underwood about 1935 and continued until 1982.
One interesting aspect in the casting of Fun Ho! toys is that when a changeover from lead was made, the logical industry choice of zamac or similar zinc alloy was passed up and most Fun Ho! toys are made of aluminium.
To read more on this brand visit Wikipedia
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 late 2018).