Big Hand Crafted Four by Fours – Part Four

By Robert Gunn

Readers of MAR magazine will have been familiar with Robert’s contributions as an expert on pickup trucks. Since retirement he has been making a selection of 4×4 vehicles by hand which he will share with us over a series of articles. All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Models

The models are hand made to 1:10 scale. Each is a unique creation and when finished is displayed on a modelled plinth in a clear cabinet. Here we look at the fourth of my models the 2016 Land Rover ‘Heritage Edition’ Defender.

How the models are made

All have a softwood chassis of pine or deal. Most body sides are tempered hardboard, as are the floors, but bonnet lids are metal – either aluminium or or nickel-silver sheet. Rounded corners are of timber beading, usually hardwood. Small details are made of anything which suits from my huge boxes of bits – parts of old pens, pieces of metal or plastic, nuts and bolts, tubes and so on. Sticks of solder are good to file into manifolds, carburetors and similar. Windscreen frames are either brass sheets and strips, or latterly in sheet polystyrene plastic.

Parts which I can’t make are brought-in, such as wheels, tyres, mirrors, lights, and badges.

Glues used vary from white PVA (Woodworking Glue) through super glue, Scotch glue and others. “JB Kwik” two pack epoxy is also very useful stuff – a combined glue and filler.

Part Four – Land Rover Defender ‘Heritage Edition’ 2016


On it’s diorama. Real chestnut rail fencing made from a 30 year old post found in my garden.


Front axle and steering gear.


Front axle and steering gear again.


Underside view


Details of lower door hinge. Tiny screws out of an old camera. Aluminium brush finish obtained using wire brush in a mini electric drill.

A view of the engine.


Another engine view.


Interior view. Canopy lifts off to enable inside to be seen.


Rear view of finished model.


Front view of finished model. The real ‘last Defender’ had an egg-crate grille in plastic which looked a bit ugly. So I made mine in real wire mesh, like a traditional Land Rover. The etched Land Rover badges are from a specialist – they’re quite expensive but are superbly made.


A view of the driver’s side of the completed model showing mirrors, black grilles in the wings and a host of other fine details.


Higher view of the front and side of the completed model.


Low view of front and side of completed model.


Engine installed. The thick sturdy metal bonnet stay was unaltered on the real Land Rover from 1948 to the last Defender!


Rear corner. Lights from an eBay supplier from the Czech Republic. Tiny screws from an old camera. The ‘reversing lights’ jewel was a motor scooter’s headlamp on a Birthday card I received.


Rear view of completed model


Front/Side view of completed model.


Seats and console. The real ‘Last Defender’ which the factory are keeping for their museum has cream leather seats. I bought cream leather on eBay ‘same as used by Aston Martin’  and glued it over timber patterns. The seats come from a ‘Bratz Doll’ 1:10 scale Cadillac car and were much modified to the correct shape.


The main body early on before the ride height was adjusted by shortening the springs.


Rear end. Early test fit. The tailgate is brass and aluminium with hard wood ‘triangle pieces’ in corners.


Primed chassis and front bulkhead. Coil spring towers are pen-caps!


The Land Rover’s chassis. Two pieces of structural quality softwood, glued together then cut to correct profile. Wood filler has been applied and it is ready to prime.


The finished Land Rover on it’s diorama with chestnut fencing.

Editor – Robert’s latest project is a 1:10 scale hand made 1955 Land Rover Series One 107 inch long wheelbase pickup. We at MAR Online look forward to Robert sharing the pictures and details of that build with us when it is finished.

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The Ford in Miniature – D Series Truck

By Dave Turner

Photographs of many of the models described and listed below may be found at the end of the article. All photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

It was March 1965 when Ford in the UK launched their important entry into the tilt-cab forward control truck scene, on which their hopes of establishing  a significant success rested.

Following the Second World War  Ford continued to occupy an important part of the commercial truck market in the UK with their 1930s 7V range, however in 1949 the long bonneted Thames ET6 (petrol) and ET7 (diesel) brought Ford trucks into the post war world. Models of these were covered in MAR 67 (Nov ’92). The Semi-forward control Thames Trader came along in 1957 (MAR 112 June ’97) followed in 1963 by its normal control brother with modified Cologne cab.

It was realised that a forward control truck was once again necessary to access the main market, in fact Bedford had produced their TK since 1959 while Ford in the US had built their C Series since 1957. That there was some US influence in the new D Series is clearly illustrated by its similarity to the US C Series cab (models discussed in MAR 81  – April ’94)

The writer’s familiarity with the D Series goes back to the mid-1960s when early examples of both 3 and 6 ton versions were regularly driven around the north of England during employment by a local aluminium distributor. The larger being the most enjoyable to drive and like a sports car (when empty!) compared to the smaller D300.  The choices of size, wheelbase, power unit, number of axles and bodies was prodigious as well as being available in Standard or Custom Cab finish. Externally the only indication of the better equipped variant was the bright trim around the windscreen and the ‘Custom Cab’ script below the door window – the rest of the extra features were in the cab itself and on the instrument panel.

Initially the type designation indicated the payload capacity D200 – 2 ton etc and trucks were produced up to D800 – 8 ton. In April 1967 a second range of D Series trucks was launched, designated D1000 and available in sizes from 15 ton to 28 ton capacity. Tractor units were designated DA while tandem axle trucks DT. In January 1971 a change was made to the designation in that it was now indicating the GVW – gross vehicle  weight  plus the power unit fitted so that the D200 became the D0507 – 5 tonne GVW and the 4161cc 4 cyl diesel  unit.

In 1975 Ford launched the long promised big truck in the form of the H Series, Transcontinental, in order to cater for requirements over and above the capacity of the D1000. (Model Auto Review 94 – Sept ’95 covered model Transcontinentals)   Visually the only significant changes to the D Series came in October 1978 when a new large black grille was adopted in which the now rectangular headlamps were accommodated and in the centre of which was a large Ford oval badge. December 1980 was the date that D Series production in the UK ended, this was the time that the next mid size Ford truck, the Cargo made its appearance.

As far as model Ds are concerned, a number go back to the time of the real vehicles and as such are certainly far more robust than models of more recent origin – the non-existence of delicate mirrors for example allows handling with less trepidation.

The most practical way of determining a scale of model trucks is possibly by using the BBC dimension – bumper to back of cab – and from that an attempt to identify the wheelbase may then make sense.

A recent model was mentioned in the Ford in Brazil feature and that was the D800 4 wheel race car transporter of Equipe Copersucar Fittipaldi F1 team in 1:50 scale. Apparently these came in three versions.

A far more accessible series of model Ford  D trucks started in 2007 with the arrival of the Base Toys range of 1:76 scale models. Having a diecast chassis and plastic body with screwed assembly  these were ideal for 00 scale model railways and could be dismantled easily – if that was required. The cab is very close to 1:76 and came in for some very subtle changes during the production of these models. For example Initially the windscreen wipers were etched onto the top edge of the windscreen, subsequently moved correctly to the lower edge while later examples featured ‘glass’ in the headlights which had previously been painted silver. At the same time exterior mirrors were fitted –  fortunately being of extremely flexible plastic that would otherwise have suffered destruction during handling.

Models of a dropside, flatbed and a tipper shared a chassis that scales out to 128” came in this range that was later renamed B T models. The real tipper was listed by Ford as having this chassis length as the second of five in the D Series range of tipper chassis. The Base Toys dropside and flatbed model shared this chassis although regular 4 wheel D Series trucks went from 120” to 134” and longer. Models of a box van and drinks truck share a 146” wheelbase chassis that didn’t seem to appear in the real Fords catalogue, the drinks truck featuring smaller wheels than the rest of the range of models. The drinks truck small wheels look even smaller as they have extremely thin tyres fitted.

BT models also offered tractor units that scale close to 94” in wheelbase, that size chassis was employed by the D600, D700 and D800 tractors. A 20’ box van and a 24’ flatbed trailer have accompanied these. Finally a tandem 6 x 4 tipper and box van came on a wheelbase that is closest to the 169”  of the full size DT 1500 and DT 1700 tippers. For some reason the registrations on the plates on many of these models was incorrect for the time the trucks were current – 1965-80.

Tying to identify the pedigree of the various Hong Kong plastic ‘copies’ is often without a positive outcome – as with the Roxy 1:39 scale D with box van trailer. This came in packaging with “Clifford Toys” and Cat number 20/8557 although the base of both tractor and trailer are marked Roxy 808, and of course Hong Kong. The shortest wheelbase in the Ford D articulated tractor unit range was the D300 at 76”, which this is very close to, although the 20’ box trailer appears to be a trifle heavy for such a modest unit.

The same remarks apply to the Husky Major/Corgi Super Junior 1:58 scale artic D Series, the tractor unit wheelbase scales out to 80” slightly longer than the D300s 76” but considerably shorter than the 94” and more of the rest of the range. Nevertheless the trailers were attractive in their own way –  the Hoynor Mk 11 car carrier works out to be around 38’ and is fully operational but would surely have had more than the single axle featured on the model, the 22’ removal van trailer has a hinged ramp while the low loader shares the same base as the van complete with the drive-up ramp.

Strangely, having got a D Series cab already in production, a smaller example was tooled in 1:81 scale for the Corgi Junior range and given the extra ‘grille’ of the D1000 Series. It then appeared only as a skip truck on an overly short 80” wheelbase. The shortest D1000 tipper was 128”

Wheelbase is another dodgy subject regarding the otherwise excellent Dinky Toy D800s. Initially a model tipper appeared in 1970 featuring extremely neat opening cab doors and swinging tailboard on the tipping body. The cab is 1:35 scale and that makes the wheelbase 88”. the shortest of the five chassis sizes for the D Series tippers was 108”. The same model was then utilised for a new model with a substantial snow plough attachment – taken from an earlier Dinky Guy.  A Johnson Vacu-Sweep road sweeper that featured working gutter broom and surface brushes driven from the rear axle was also added to the Dinky range, a new chassis being needed to accommodate the working parts so the opportunity was taken to extend it to a scale 103” – a bit closer to the shortest 108” of the D800 tipper frames. The sweeper was also supplied to Johnson Brothers as a promotional model. The Dinky D Series trucks had to make do with single rear wheels while once again registration numbers were often wrong for the period of the real trucks. Dinky also offered a kit to make the tipper.

Changes to the Dinky during production included the adoption of fixed cab doors while the sweeper lived long enough in production to receive the post-October 1978 grille and rectangular headlights of the real D Series. Geoff Mason described the D Series in MAR 158 (December 2001).

Many years ago the writer had the opportunity to acquire a ‘code three’ D Series item, or ‘chop’ as they were called at the time. Roger Wilson who was well known in the collecting fraternity in the East Yorkshire area produced a 182” 4 wheel D Series with a 16’ flatbed in the livery of “Kingston  Upon Hull City Council Training H. Goods Vehicle” reg number PSP 187J – a 1970 issue. The cab is the Dinky D800 from the road sweeper while the flatbed is from off a Corgi Major.

Another related model came under the heading of A Smith Models and features the Dinky Toy cab once again. This operation began in 1978 by creating white metal kits to accompany the diecast cab from the Dinky Toy D Series kit. The first example was a skip truck but went on to include a 6 x 4 tandem recovery truck in the livery of Bradshaw of Gainsboro. As a tandem its wheelbase of 121” could be on an extended 4 wheel chassis of 102” but neither matches closely any of the real trucks possible variants. Now known as ASAM Models, the current range has no Ford products listed.

While on the Dinky Toy subjects, an interesting model made for just 2 years from 1966 was not strictly a D Series but based on the contemporary Ford R Series coach chassis. This represented a mobile bank operated by the Midland Bank in the Whitby area of North Yorkshire during the mid 1960s.

Almost certainly derived from the Dinky Toy cab are a couple of vinyl toys – one carries the markings “Durham Ind Inc Item No 7086” plus Hong Kong, and has this cab on an extremely short  78” wb. chassis on which is an extending ladder that scale out to 24’ while the other has the same cab and chassis marked simply “Galanite Sweden” and this is attached to a 13’ dropside trailer.

Some extremely basic miniature Ford Ds came from Fun Ho in New Zealand. Intended for model railway use the cab scales out to be around 1:79 which is between 00 (1:76) and H0 (1:87) scale model railways. Based on that they feature extremely short chassis lengths, the tandems have a wheelbase of 88” while the tractor units are just 59”. They are quite robust and their short character would not have bothered railroad builders. Fun Ho also produced some very large diecast Fords in what they describe as ‘gravitational diecast.’  They included a four wheel tipper and artics in flatbed, tanker and cattle trailer form.

From Spain came the varied range of Guisval miniatures and these included a couple of D Series trucks. Sharing the same four wheel diecast chassis and cab, the latter scales out to be around 1:77 and that makes the wheelbase around 111” but the shortest D200 frame was 120” . The plastic horse box body is well detailed and features a drop-down ramp while the garbage truck has a cleverly designed tipping arrangement just like the Matchbox version that both lifts the rear chute section and tips the hopper.

Another item intended for 00 model railways was the Langley Miniatures metal kit for a D600 flatbed that features a correct wheelbase of 120” – the shortest in the D600 range.

The Telsalda/Lucky Hong Kong operation has produced a few Ford Ds and these appear to more closely resemble the big Matchbox Fords than any of the other likely sources. Four found so far include a Cherry Picker platform that is subtitled “Mini Mite”, a refrigerated service truck with “Gordy Mite” labels, a dropside with tilt and a tandem axle tanker. While they all seem to share the same base that features a gear on the front axle probably  for a flywheel motor, the rear axles have all got an individual location in the rear of the relevant body. Probably by more chance than intention, the reefer almost matches the 134” wheelbase chassis common to most D 4 wheelers while the dropside is spot-on for that measurement. The tandem tanker at 121” wheelbase is far too short, the smallest in the range was 134”. The tanker and dropside have tow hooks and are believed to have originally come with appropriate 4 wheel trailers.

Having mentioned Matchbox…just two example of the Ford D were found in their regular line of small diecasts and while the cab tooling is shared, they are totally different otherwise. The grit spreader features a facility to enable the hoppers contents to be spread along the best carpet and this necessitated a special chassis with a bottom outlet while the refuse truck has a normal base and a double tipping arrangement for the chute and hopper. For once both these have a realistic wheelbase very close to the 120” dimension of the smaller Ds.

The larger Lesney products were initially called King Size but re-named Super Kings in 1971 when they adopted the Superfast type wheels. A couple of D Series tractor units and trailers featured in the early range with acceptable wheels having rubber tyres – twins at the rear. The first type had a wheelbase that scale out to 89” – far too short of course but the Superfast issues had a slightly longer 98” – still too short. The K17 model featured a 30’ Dyson low loader on which was a Case tracked bulldozer. Initially the trailer correctly featured four-in-line wheels at the rear, as well as a spare mounted on the forward decking, but the Superfast issue abandoned such impressive features. The K20 issue had the D unit attached to a Taskers 30’ flatbed trailer on which were three Ford agricultural tractors..Once again such a long trailer with but a single axle does look rather strange.

Matchbox changed to the post-October 1978 front end for their K19 Security van in 1979. The wheelbase is dead on for the 134” chassis on many Ford Ds. Finished in “Group 4” or “Fort Knox” livery this gave even me a few minutes fun trying for the combination on the rear door – only to discover that it is embossed into the base!  A drop down gangway and a four wheeled cart loaded with “gold” could then be accessed. This model made a re-appearance in 1981 as a money box as K88. The ‘new’ cab was also employed for the K40 drinks truck although they got the wheelbase for this tandem chassis  at 146”  – the shortest for D800 truck use was 178”.

Foundation is an unfamiliar brand name but appears on the label still sealing the plastic bag containing a 1:33 scale plastic articulated tanker with a cab that seems closer to a D Series than anything else. A distribution label stuck on this header is marked “Louis Greenberg & Son Inc. New York NY.”  This 73” tractor unit and 22’ twin axle tanker trailer is pure toy in its character so has been left in its original packaging.

Yet another mysterious brand (when related to plastic toys!) is Hoover, these are battery powered 1:40 scale very short wheelbase (110”) four wheeled toys depicting a tanker, a crane truck and an extending ladder. The front of the cab is an unmistakable copy, probably of the Dinky – it is so much more detailed than any other part of the whole thing. A petrol pump accommodates a couple of AA batteries to drive the trucks front axle – it still works!

….and more 1:76 kits for Ford Ds come from The Model Bus Company who offer D artic units with box and flatbed trailers while Road Transport images produce a D Series cab for use with various chassis and body kits….all we need is time to build them all!

Possibly the biggest range of die cast Ford Ds came from the Tekno stable of products.  These first came from the Danish company around 1968 and shortly after under the name Kirk. However the name and tooling were sold to a Dutch firm in 1972 and so many examples have “Tekno Holland”  on their underside. The cab scales out to 1:41 and not only tilt forward but reveals a plastic engine. They are certainly not just toys but each is an interesting item on its own. For example the tipper – that has a wheelbase not too far short of the ideal 108” of the shortest real tipper features extremely robust steering mechanism on the realistic chassis and a system of locking the tipping gear to the rear axle – moving the truck backwards tips the body. A single chassis that features a towing eye at the rear is employed for the most of the range of models, and that is correct for a 156” that was the middle of five D800 chassis wheelbase lengths. A stake truck features a plastic body on which the upper section of the sides are removable while the timber truck has no body, just bolsters that support the load of eight pieces of real timber. The covered truck employs the lower section of the stake truck onto which a removable tilt is fitted, the drinks truck came in Carlsberg and Tuborg colours, the cab wears a fancy parasol with a central spike  while the rear is loaded with 4 pallets each holding eight empty beer crates, all loose.

The covered flatbed truck features plastic side curtains that can be slid up (and down!) the low loader has a winch operated by a knurled wheel either side together with slide-out ramps at the rear while the articulated tractor with box trailer employs what looks like the tipper chassis but at 108” is for once too long for the D800 unit – the real item had a 94” wheelbase.

Leaving the inevitable “Unknown makes’ for last, a plastic range with a 1:79 scale cab that is very likely the Matchbox tooling includes a cement mixer with rotating drum and chute, some sort of service truck and a tandem flatbed with upright stanchions. The plated plastic  wheels look to have come from the Minix range while the wheelbase of the 4 wheelers is almost correct for 120” and utilising the same forward part for the tandem gives it a 138” – OK for a tipper but too short for anything else.

Another slightly larger anonymous D comes with a cab/chassis undoubtedly from the Husky Major/Corgi Super Junior and by locating a second axle to the crane platform it becomes a tandem – albeit with extremely short 100” wheelbase.

The Ford D Series models


Automodelli Brazil 2010 D800 Equipe Copersucar Fittipaldi car transporter 1:50
Base Toys/BT Models China C6C01B 2007 DT 6 x 4169” box van 87mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China DA 87 DT 6 x 4 169”tipper Hoveringham 87mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China CTP01 D 128” tipper 85mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China TS01 D128”dropside 86mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China DA03 D 128” flatbedkerbstone load 86mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China D08 D146” box van 87mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China C05 D 146” drinks truck 86mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China DA12 DA 94” unit 24’ flatpallet load 129mm 1:76
Base Toys/BT Models China DA93 DA 94” unit 20’ box van Castrol 109mm 1:76
Clifford/RoxyHong Kong 20-8557/808 DA73” unit 20’ box van204mm 1:39
Husky Major UK 2002 1967-69 DA 80” unit 38’ Hoynor car carrier 200mm 1:58
Corgi Super Junior UK 2002 1970-76 DA 80” unit 38’ Hoynor car carrier 200mm 1:58
Husky Major UK 2003 1968-69 DA 80” unit 22’ Low loader shovel 145mm 1:58
Corgi Super Junior UK 2003 1970-73 DA 80” unit 22’ Low loader shovel 145mm 1:58
Husky Major UK 2004 1968-69 DA 80” unit 22’ Box van 145mm 1:58
Corgi Super Junior UK 2004 1970-73 DA 80” unit 22’ box van 145mm 1:58
Corgi Super Junior UK 2007 1975-79 DA 80” unit 22’ low loader shovel 145mm 1:58
Corgi Junior UK 54 1972-78 D1000 104” skip truck 73mm 1:81
Dinky Toys UK 438 1970-76 D800 88” tipper 132mm 1:35
Dinky Toys UK 439 1971-76 D800 88” snowplough 186mm 1:35
Dinky Toys UK 451 1971-76 D800 103” Johnson road sweeper 139mm 1:35
Dinky Toys UK 440 1977-78 D800 88” tipper fixed doors 132mm 1:35
Dinky Toys UK 449 1977-79 D800 103” Johnson road sweeper 139mm 1:35
Dinky Toys UK 1029 1972-76 D800 88” tipper kit 132mm 1:35
Dinky Toys UK 280 1966-68 R Series coach chassis – mobile bank 123mm 1:64
Roger Wilson UK 1980s D800 184” flatbed (Dinky/Corgi) 194mm 1:35
A Smith Models UK DT800 121” tandem recovery truck 167mm 1:35
Durham Industries Hong Kong 7086 D800 78” with 24’ extending ladder 123mm 1:37
Galanite Sweden DA800 78” unit with 13’ dropside trailer 160mm 1:37
Foundation Hong Kong 7305P DA73” unit with 22’ twin axle tanker 256mm 1:33
Fun Ho! New Zealand 48 1970s DT 88” tandem truck 67mm 1:79
Fun Ho! New Zealand 49 1970s DA 59” unit with 14’ sand dumper 95mm 1:79
Fun Ho! New Zealand 50 1970s DT88” tandem with 14’ tipper 72mm 1:79
Fun Ho! New Zealand 51 1970s DA 59” unit with 16’ low loader 90mm 1:79
Fun Ho! New Zealand 806 D tipper 210mm
Fun Ho! New Zealand 809 DA milk tanker trailer 375mm
Fun Ho! New Zealand 811 DA flatbed trailer 336mm
Fun Ho! New Zealand 812 DA cattle trailer 342mm
Guisval Spain 15 D111”  horse box 71mm 1:77
Guisval Spain 70 D111” garbage truck 76mm 1:77
Hoover Hong Kong 860 D 110” tanker/crane truck/ladder 123mm 1:40
Langley UK G151 2000 D600 120” flatbed 1:76
Lucky Hong Kong D cherry picker platform
Lucky Hong Kong D133” dropside w tilt 115mm 1:48
Lucky Hong Kong 9007 D131” refrigerator van 118mm 1:48
Lucky Hong Kong DT121”  tandem tanker 114mm 1:48
Matchbox UK 7 1966-70 D120” refuse truck 75mm 1:79
Matchbox UK 70 1966-71 D120” grit spreader 76mm 1:79
Matchbox UK K17 1967-73 DA89” unit with Dyson 30’ low loader 235mm 1:77
Matchbox UK K20 1968-72 DA89” unit with Tasker 30 flatbed 229mm 1:51
Matchbox UK K19 1979 D134” Security van 138mm 1:51
Matchbox UK K40 1980 DT146” Drinks truck 1:51
Matchbox UK K88 1981 D134” security van- bank 138mm 1:51
Model Bus Company UK 208 DA unit and box trailer 1:76
Model Bus Company UK 209 DA unit with flatbed trailer 1:76
Road Transport Images UK 2008 D metal cab kit 1:76
Tekno Denmark/Holland 914 D 108” tipper 127mm 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 915 D 156”stake truck 174mm 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 916 D 156” timber truck 172mm 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 917 D 156” dropside with tilt 173mm 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 918T D 156” drinks truck “Tuborg” 171mm 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 919 D 156” covered flatbed truck 176mm 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 920 D 156” low loader 1:41
Tekno Denmark/Holland 922 DA 108” unit with box van trailer 1:41
Tekno Holland 915 D800 stake truck 1:41
Unknown Hong Kong D 120” cement mixer 76mm 1:79
Unknown Hong Kong D 120” service truck 65mm 1:79
Unknown Hong Kong DT 136” tandemflatbed 76mm 1:79
Unknown Hong Kong DT 100” tandem with crane 98mm 1:58




Illustrations of Ford D Series trucks.


1.        Hoover 1:40 plastic remote control from Hong Kong: 860,  Tanker   “Esso”  Two AA batteries in gas pump.

2.        Foundation  1:33  plastic from Hong Kong:  7505P,    Artic unit  with twin axle trailer. “Shell”

3.        Matchbox King Size 1:51 diecast from UK: K20, Artic unit with Tasker 30’ trailer – 3 Ford Agricultural tractors.

4.        Matchbox Super Kings 1:51 diecast from UK: K17, Artic unit with Dyson 30’ low loader and Case crawler bulldozer.

5.        Matchbox Super Kings 1:51 diecast from UK: K19.  Security van “Group 4”  – later D Series cab.

6.        Matchbox Super Kings 1:51 diecast from UK :  K40   Tandem drinks truck – late cab  “Pepsi”

7.        Unknown make 1:79 plastic from Hong Kong:  Tandem axle flatbed.

8.        Unknown make 1:79 plastic from Hong Kong:  service truck?

9.        Unknown make 1:79  plastic from Hong Kong:  cement mixer

10.     Unknown make 1:58 plastic from Hong Kong:  Tandem axle crane  (Hook through windscreen!)

11.     Matchbox 1:79 diecast from UK: 71  grit spreader.

12.     Matchbox 1:79 diecast from UK :  7  refuse truck.

13.     Guisval 1:77 diecast from Spain:  70,  garbage truck

14.     Guisval above in operation.

15.     Guisval 1:77 diecast from Spain: 15   horse box

16.     Fun Ho! 1:79 diecast from New Zealand: 50,  tandem tipper.

17.     Fun Ho! 1:79 diecast from New Zealand; 48,  tandem truck.

18.     Fun Ho! 1:79 diecast from New Zealand: 51, articulated unit with low loader

19.     Fun Ho! 1:79 diecast from New Zealand: 49, articulated unit with sand dumper

20.     Langley 1:76 white metal kit from UK: G151,  D600 flatbed

21.     Dinky Toys 1:35 diecast from UK: 451, D800 Johnson road sweeper

22.     Dinky Toys 1:35 diecast from UK: 438, D800 swb tipper

23.     Dinky Toys 1:35 diecast from UK:  449, D800 Johnson road sweeper – later cab.

24.     Dinky Toys 1:35 diecast from UK:  439, D800 snowplough.

25.     Roger Wilson: 1:35 diecast from UK: D800 flatbed – Dinky cab, Corgi flatbed. “Kingston Upon Hull City Council H. Goods Training Vehicle”

26.     A Smith Models 1:35 metal from UK: DT800 tandem recovery truck “Bradshaw”

27.     Galanite 1:37 vinyl from Sweden:  articulated unit with dropside trailer.

28.     Durham Industries 1:37 vinyl from Hong Kong: 7086, 24’ extending ladder.

29.     Corgi Super Junior 1:58 diecast from UK: 2003, articulated unit with low loader

30.     Corgi Super Junior  1:58 diecast from UK: 2002, articulated unit with Hoynor car carrier trailer.

31.     Husky Major 1:58 diecast from UK: 2002, articulated tractor with Hoynor car carrier trailer ready for business.

32.     Corgi Super Junior 1:58 diecast from UK: 2004, articulated unit with box van trailer  “Corgi Removals”

33.     Corgi Junior 1:81 diecast from UK: 54, D1000 skip truck – the only model D1000 recorded.

34.     Dinky Toys 1:64 diecast from UK: 280, R Series coach chassis with “Midland Bank” body

35.     Lucky 1:48 plastic from Hong Kong: tandem tanker.

36.     Lucky  1:48 plastic from Hong Kong: dropside with tilt.

37.     Lucky 1:48 plastic from Hong Kong: 9007, refrigerator van.

38.     Roxy  1:39 plastic from Hong Kong: 808, articulated unit with box trailer “Clifford Toys Express Service”

39.     Tekno 1:41 diecast from Denmark: 917, D800 dropside with tilt.

40.     Tekno 1:41 diecast from Holland: 914, D800 tipper.

41.     Tekno 1:41 diecast from Holland: 916, D800 timber truck.

42.     Tekno 1:41 diecast from Holland: 919,D800 covered flatbed truck.

43.     Tekno 1:41 diecast from Denmark: 918T, D800 drinks truck “Tuborg”

44.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: C6C01B, tandem box van

45.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: TS01, dropside.

46.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: CTP01, tipper.

47.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: DA03. flatbed with kerbstone load “`Marshalite”

48.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: C05, drinks truck.

49.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: D08, box van “Rail Express Parcels”

50.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: DA93, articulated unit with box van trailer “Castrol”

51.     Base Toys 1:76 plastic from China: DA12, articulated unit with flat trailer “British Railways” with pallet load.

52.     Tekno 1:41 diecast from Holland: 915 D800 stake truck

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Editorial November 2017

Looking back over October we have had one of the biggest surprises in the model world for some time.

Lyndon Davies, who founded Oxford Diecast, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Hornby Hobbies, makers of Hornby Railways, Airfix kits, Scalextric and Corgi. It is early days yet,  and much too early to understand what it will mean for the future of collecting, but here at MAR Online we wish Lyndon and his new team good luck in the task of turning Hornby Hobbies back into a thriving concern, after many years of losses and product weakness. We can only hope that this will mean that Corgi will gain some new investment, and begin to give collectors something new to look forward to.

Lyndon and his family are still the major shareholders in Oxford Diecast, which  will continue its well-established policy of expansion, with Eloise Davies, daughter of Lyndon, as managing director.

Recently a comment by our German Consultant Editor Hans-Georg set me thinking. A vast amount of effort is being put into the development of electric vehicles with autonomous control systems, and many non-traditional players like Dyson are now getting involved. If we end up with hordes of self-drive rent-by-the- hour vehicles, all owned by banks and leasing companies, what will be the incentive to make the vehicles attractive? Logically, they will all end up as very utilitarian devices, with large advertising areas to earn a secondary income for the owners. If that happens, will any child want a toy or any adult want a detailed collectors’ model of such a vehicle?  Possibly the only group of people who will want models will be diorama builders – and they will only want them in smaller scales. At that point collectors’ models in larger scales will surely just be ‘models of yesteryear’ looking back with nostalgia to the more interesting and attractive designs of the internal combustion era. Things may develop differently, however, and people do still buy cars from Tesla and those other car manufacturers who are making electric cars that are attractive personal transport. In that case some models of new cars will still be collected, though there is the risk that in future they will be regarded more as domestic appliances, like fridge-freezers, rather than as aspirational objects.

It is clear that not every Atlas collector acquires the same number of vehicles in any given collection, so if Atlas run out of certain models they do not always remake them. The models also can be released in a different order to different buyers. So, if you signed up for the original Dinky Collection at this stage (part-way through), I suspect that you would not get the all of the 35 or so models that those should get who signed up from the start.  One collector has contacted me to say that he thinks he will end up with more Jaguars than I had obtained at the point Atlas closed my collection. This is a matter of some frustration to collectors who prefer DeAgostini’s approach of numbering parts of a series, then issuing them in strict sequence. Even if they didn’t do this, then the conditions of supply of both DeAgostini and Atlas would allow them to avoid any penalty if they do not supply you with a particular model or cannot replace a faulty one. Given that the new Deluxe Dinky Collection includes all French Dinky Toy replicas, after the initial Aston Martin DB5 convertible, one wonders how many non-collectors will find the prospect appealing. Lots of true collectors will be happy to get replicas of French Dinky Toys from the 1960s and 1970s, as they were good models, and mainly to 1:43  scale, but Atlas also need a lot of general buyers to sell the volumes they need. Atlas deliberately sells ‘nostalgia’, but will non-model collectors (i.e. general buyers) be as nostalgic about toys which they never saw as children, or models of full-size vehicles they may never have seen?

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