By Maz Woolley
Having recently posted the second model in this series from Atlas in the UK I thought that I would show pictures of the model which started the series. It was featured in MAR284 in June 2015, when we were part of the Zeteo web site. That was the time Atlas did a test marketing exercise for this series.
943 Leyland Octopus Tanker – Esso
This model used the tank from the previous Foden Tanker with an entirely new Leyland chassis and cab. Launched in 1958 this toy stayed in production until around 1964 by which time the Shell Tanker based on the same chassis and cab but with a more up to date style of tank had been introduced. A rare promotional model for CPC products was also produced using the same castings.
This is a large and impressive model and the quality of the casting, painting, Esso printing and tank fitments is first class. Indeed I suspect that the finish is rather better than that many of the original models enjoyed even when new.
More in the series?
The accompanying leaflets suggests that the series will include British Supertoys, commercial vehicles from the standard range as well as some French Commercials that have already appeared in the Continental range. Those specifically mentioned are:
- 920 Guy Van ‘Heinz’ which has already been shipped and which can be seen in a posting on this site.
- 435 Bedford TK Tipper which has been advertised as the next to ship
Others mentioned in the publicity material are:
- 512 Guy Otter Flat Truck
- 34B Berliet Flat Bed container
- 413 Austin Covered Wagon
- 443 Studebaker ‘National Benzole’ Tanker
- 586 Citroen 55 Milk Lorry
We welcome your comments and questions. Please go to our Model Auto Review Facebook page.