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The Ford in Miniature – Maverick 1969-77

By Dave Turner

Photographs appear after the text and are by, and copyright of, the Author.

“It’s A Little Gas” – Maverick 1969-77

As the strap line on Fords March 1969 brochure claims, the whole point of the new Maverick was that it was aimed at the economy market and as such was going to be frugal on gas – a rather important subject at this time in the US. This was the smallest Ford made in the US until the even smaller Pinto arrived for 1971 and until then the only one that sold for under $2000.

It was based on the Falcon but with the wheelbase shortened to 103” and was initially available with the 170ci or 200ci in line 6. The name Maverick was applied to an unbranded head of beef cattle and that explains the stylised horned cattle head on badges and publicity material. So much in demand was an economical small car during the fuel problems of the time that by 1970 the Maverick was Fords best seller in the US by far. At least by then the finish of the car had become a little less austere with bright trim added to the rain gutters and window frames together with full wheel covers. An option was the Grabber “sporty” package, prior to it becoming a stand-alone model.

A four door version of the Maverick arrived in 1971 with a wheelbase extended by almost 7 inches while a 250ci 6 was added to the engine choices. The sporty version of the 2 door called the Grabber was added to the range as a specific model and this had the option of a 302ci V8 and was identified by having a different hood boasting twin air intakes and black stripes together with a blacked out grille that contained a pair of driving lights. .

In 1973 the cars were fitted with 5mph bumpers and the pair of extra lights in the grille came with every version while the central grille emblem was replaced by a Maverick badge close to the left side auxiliary light. The full strength federal bumpers arrived for 1974 and these changed the whole character of the relatively small Maverick almost giving it a slightly whimsical air. This didn’t worry the fuel starved US motorists who kept buying these cars in vast numbers. In fact the Maverick was due to be replaced by the slightly bigger Granada for 1975 but continued alongside it for another two years.

1976 Mavericks received a new split grille while front disc brakes became standard. The sporty Grabber was deleted although a Stallion Group option on the 2 door provided something that at least looked sporty. This was deleted for 1977, the Mavericks last year. Almost throughout the cars production there were numerous options that featured various layouts of vinyl roofs and wide rubbing strips along the body sides that contrived to give these economy machines a touch of luxury.

Models of the Maverick are rather limited in number but extremely varied in concept. So far no four door Maverick model of any description has been found, a bit of a surprise as the real 4 doors were certainly big sellers at the time. As mentioned in the Ford in Brazil piece, the pedigree of some of these is rather complex. A 1975 Maverick is mentioned in MAR 277 in a piece by Jon William Greenbaum in which it is listed as a GT by “Ixo-for-Altaya/DeAgostini. The US car brochures don’t list a GT, their sporty versions was called Grabber – and by 1975 it had the hefty federal bumpers. However, as mentioned in that article Premium X has issued it and this features the plated bumpers of the original US cars, plus “Ford Maverick GT” on its base. It probably represents a 1971/2 US car – small bumpers and V8 engine. Also in the “Brazil” piece, the Carros Nacionals ‘toy’ Maverick comes complete with “GT” on its base while the opening doors and pull-back motor are obviously intended it to be played with.

Quite different is the tin 2 door from Bandai that scales out to 1:20 and came with a variety of forms of propulsion – battery and remote control being just two. In no way intended to be scale models they are quite well proportioned, the entire body being pressed out of a single piece of tinplate.

Different again is the Funmate 1:35 plastic Grabber that was one of six similar Fords in this range of trigger-propelled toys. Featuring the twin air intakes on the hood of the 1971/72 cars it has a one-piece body and a silver base that includes front and rear panels.

Numerous kits for the Maverick have been recorded over the years, some have failed to be represented in this collection – usually due to not finding them. One in the US Hawk range of 1:24 plastic kits has proved elusive as have the Palmer US plastic 1:32 kits. Johan in the US produced some plastic promos for the Maverick from which some 1:25 kits were derived – most, or all of which were for custom/drag/funny cars. Meanwhile from Japan came some large 1:16 plastic kits from Fujimi and 1:24 kits from Otaki.

A resin kit from JPG offered a 1971 Grabber, Linberg produced some small plastic kits called Mini Lindy and included a 1970 2 door and of course Revell issued more 1:32 plastic kits of the 2 door cars.

Motormax have produced diecast Mavericks in both 1:60 and 1:24, some kits in the larger size depicting the ’74 and ‘76 cars with federal bumpers, the only miniatures of these later examples to have been found so far. The interior details appear to represent the earlier cars however. Johnny Lightning have offered some extremely acceptable small diecast models as well as less realistic toy versions of the same subjects. Their 2 door Mavericks have the Grabber type hood striping but lack the auxiliary lights in the grille so we will assume that they represent the Grabber option for the 1970 2 door. Mattels Hot Wheels Mavericks came in all manner of imaginative creations as well as a few more acceptable offerings.

A 1:21 scale toy Maverick came from Processed Plastic in soft plastic featuring a simple interior and rather narrow wheels/tyres. A stick-on label on the base declares “Please note: this toy is not licensed by, sponsored, or associated with any current television program or producer thereof.(Processed Plastic Co.)” Intriguing ! Tiger Wheels 1:64 toys were initially produced by Anson for gravity track racing but a subsequent issue of a Maverick seem to have been made in many colours and variations.

Ford Maverick 1969-77 model listing

Ixo/Premium X China 148 1975 2 door GT(Brazil) 106mm 1:43 diecast
Carros Nacionals 1975 2 door GT (Brazil) 114mm 1:40 diecast
Bandia Japan 4386 1970 2 door 229mm 1:20 tinplate
Funmate Japan 1971 Grabber 129mm 1:35 plastic
Hawk USA 1970 2 door 1:24 plastic kit
Johan USA 1969 2 door 1:25 plastic promo
Johan USA 1970 2 door 1:25 plastic promo
Johan USA 1971 2 door 1:25 plastic promo
Fujimi Japan 1970 2 door 1:16 plastic kit
Otaki Japan OT3-26 1970 2 door 1:24 plastic kit
JPG 1971 Grabber resin kit
Mini Lindy USA 27 1970 2 door 1:64 plastic kit
Motormax China 73600 1970 2 door 76mm 1:60 diecast
Motormax China 75120 1974 Grabber 193mm 1:24 diecast
Motormax China 73200 1974 2 door 193mm 1:24 diecast
Motormax China 73326 1976 Stallion 193mm 1:24 diecast
Johnny Lightning China 922 1970 2 door Grabber option 72mm 1:63 diecast
Mattel Malaysia 038/214 1971 Grabber 71mm 1:64 diecast
Mattel Malaysia 6414 1970 2 door 71mm 1:64 diecast
Palmer USA 1971 2 door 1:32 plastic kit
Palmer USA 1972 2 door 1:32 plastic kit
Palmer USA 1973 2 door 1:32 plastic kit
Palmer USA 1974 2 door 1:32 plastic kit
Processed Plastic USA 9485 1970 2 door 214mm 1:21 plastic
Revell USA H1249 1970 2 door 143mm 1:32 plastic kit
Revell USA H1108 1970 2 door re-issue of above 143mm 1:32 plastic kit
Tiger Wheels 1971 Grabber 1:64 diecast

Illustrations: Ford Maverick

Processed Plastic 1:21 plastic from USA: 9485, 1970 2 Door



Bandai 1:20 tinplate from Japan: 4386, 1970 2 Door

This example had remote control, others were battery powered.


Hot Wheels 1:64 diecast from Malaysia: 038/214, 1971 Grabber.

Featuring the twin air scoops on the hood. Auxiliary lights in grille barely discernible.



Premium X 1:43 diecast from China: 148, Brazil 1975 GT

Retaining the slender bumpers of the earlier US examples.



Carros Nacionals 1:40 diecast for Brazilian market: 1975 GT

Like the Premium X looking like earlier US cars.



Motormax 1:60 diecast from China: 73600, 2 Door.



Johnny Lightning 1:63 diecast from China: 922, 1970 2 Door

The striping indicates the Grabber option.



Funmate 1:35 plastic from Japan: 1971 Grabber.



Revell 1:32 plastic kit from USA: H1249, 1970 2 Door.



MotorMax 1:24 diecast kit from China: 75120, 1974 Grabber

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Atlas Dinky Truck Collection – 25 V Ford Benne à Ordures

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The latest model in the Atlas Dinky Trucks series is again a replica of a French Dinky model. 25 V Ford Benne à Ordures, a tipping refuse truck with sliding covers.

This particular model was made between 1950 and 1955 and uses a Ford cab and chassis already used for a flatbed, a drop-side, a tanker, a stake truck and a tipper. The dropside was later to gain a towing fitment to become a service vehicle.

The refuse truck offered lots of play value with the ability to slide two covers on the top, op things in the truck and then tip them out later using the handle to operate the cogged tipper mechanism at which point the rear door would open to allow the “refuse” to fall out. Here in the UK we would be playing with Dinky 252 Refuse truck with its spiral gear to raise the rear section to tip the rubbish out.

The Atlas model is nicely made with a much glossier finish than original would have had even on first release. The tipping mechanism works as well as I expect the original did. The rear door is a tight fit over the lugs cast in to stop it flapping when closed and the sliding covers can pop off if pulled too far back. Maybe a reader can tell me whether these issues also afflict the original?

According to Atlas Customer Services this collection is also close to finishing which is adding to the nervousness of those who have yet to receive their Regent Tanker. Quite a number of collectors have told me that they are still waiting for it so I hope that Atlas are getting another batch made for them.

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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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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Busch

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Manufacturer.

The releases from Busch, and allied brands, expected by the end of September are shown below. All models are moulded for Germany to 1:87 scale.

Mercedes-Benz 170V

The pleasing shaped 170V was first presented to the public in February 1936 during the 26th International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin.

41448 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone green/cream
41450 Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabrio limousine – two-tone red/cream


Cadillac 66 Saloon

42958 Cadillac 66 Saloon “Metallica” – silver
42960 Cadillac 66 saloon “Metallica” – blue metallic


Toyota Land Cruiser Crawler

43038 Toyota Land Cruiser crawler vehicle

This special power train has been in use for 15 years and has even passed strict military tests.

Mercedes-Benz 300 Landaulet

44807 Mercedes-Benz 300 State Landaulet

Only three of this type of body were built. This was in the early 1950s and they users were the German Federal Public for state occasions, the Pope for his tours, and an Arab State.

Chevrolet Bel Air

More variations upon the old Revell-Monogram 1957 Chevy moulding bought by Busch.

45045 Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – grey metallic
Chevrolet Bel Air Saloon 1957 “Metallica” – red metallic


Cadillac Eldorado

Another long running moulding in the Busch range. Here with custom wheels and a metallic paint job.

45118 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – brown metallic
45119 Cadillac Eldorado Cabrioet, open, “Metallica” – green metallic
45121 Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet, open, “Metallica” – silver


Ford Probe

The Ford Probe 24V was made from Summer 1988 to Autumn 1997 in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA. It was imported into Europe too though it was never a strong seller.

47413 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” silver
47414 Ford Probe 24V “Metallica” red
47420 Ford Probe 24V “Sport” blue


Mercedes-Benz M-Class

In the livery of the German motor rescue outfit.


48546 Mercedes-Benz M-Class facelift “ADAC”

Land Rover Defender

50361 Land Rover Defender “Carabinieri”

Caribinieri are a special Police Force unit in Italy.


50363 Land Rover defender “DLRG” with surfboard

This vehicle is equipped for rescue activities. The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG)  is the German Life Saving Group and is the biggest such organisation in the world.

Smart Fortwo

50712 Smart Fortwo Coupe 2014 “German Police”

Mercedes-Benz V and G Class

Many public services represented here. From the Fire Brigade to the Emergency Doctor Service and the Technical Assistance Service.

51169 Mercedes-Benz V-Class “Fire Brigade of Karlstein
51411 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 Emergency Doctor
51460 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 THW

EsPeWe IFA W50

95231 IFA W50LA TLF16 GMK “Fire brigade of Ellrich

The TLF16 appliance went into production in 1985 based upon the 4×4 chassis of the IFA W50.

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More new Goldvarg Collection models.

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Sergio Goldvarg.

Pictures of the production of the new Goldvarg Collection models from production batches are now available and news of the next three models to be made has been announced. These are resin cast models made in China for the US.

First photographs of the models that have already shipped. First impressions are good. As long as quality control is maintained these look to be fine models with a lot of detail but without too many fine photoetched parts to fall off or “spring”.

GC-001 1958 Ford Fairlane 500

GC-002 1956 Mercury Montclair


GC-003 1961 Ford Country Squire


And now to the news of the next releases. The subjects reflect the fact that licensing arrangements with Ford were made more quickly than those with others.

  • GC-004. 1965 Ford F-100 Pick-up 2
  • GC-005. 1960 Mercury Park Lane 2
  • GC-006. 1953 Ford Country Squire

Some very early prototype pictures have been released by Goldvarg of the first two subjects.

If these models are produced to the same standard, and retail at the same price point, as the first three released then I suspect that the relatively small batches to be made will sell out very quickly.

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The Ford in Miniature – Capri III

By Dave Turner

Photographs and illustrations of some of the models discussed can be found at the end of the article, as can a listing of all the models mentioned.

“For People Who Do Things In Style”

Ford Capri III 1978-1987

Ford launched their Capri series in January 1969, the first version of which lasted until the end of 1973, miniatures of these were covered in this column in MAR 49 back in February 1991. Second series Capris lasted until early 1978 by which time production had ceased in the UK, henceforth to be carried out exclusively in Germany. MAR 265 (October 2012) featured the Mark II Capri in miniature. Now it’s time to look at models of the Mark III Capri, production of which ceased in December 1986, although sales of the final examples continued through to 1988.

Throughout these years the basic structure of all the Capris remained the same. Giving the Mark II a softer more rounded look was achieved by providing it with slightly bulbous sides that curved back to the Mark I’s original narrow floorpan. Despite an almost negligible development budget Ford managed to give the subsequent Mark III a little more “thrust” by putting quad headlights into a sharper nose and taking the bumpers round to the wheel openings. Documenting in detail the many and subtle changes to the Mark III cars over the years would become tedious but briefly the line began with four engine choices – a 1300 ohv, 1600 and 2000 ohc, and 3 litre V6. Base, L, GL, S and Ghia degrees of finish and equipment with a mass of options created a complex overall choice. The ’S’ was immediately recognised by the “S” side striping in place of the bodyside rubbing strip.

The base models soon disappeared from the listings while in March 1980 a limited run GT4 appeared based on the 1600L featuring some rather wild striping and a few tweaks to the trim details. In January 1981 an “LS” was added featuring the 1600 ohc engine and having the feel of being between the “L” and a de-trimmed “S” . At the same time more ‘specials’ included the Tempo based on a 1300 or 1600 “L”, the Cameo based on the “LS” and the Calypso that was in effect a two-tone “LS”. In June 1981 the Cologne 2.8i V6 arrived to replace the Essex 3 litre V6 and in effect saved the Capri range from what was intended to be imminent termination. This German engined Capri in effect replaced the 3.0 Ghia, as that level of trim then only came with the 2000 ohc unit. This Cologne V6 engined car was developed by Tickford into some quite potent and desirable cars right through to the end of Capri production. From Jan 1982 no more 1300s were made while just four months later the Cabaret arrived in 1.6 or 2.0 form – more or less a two-tone finished “L” .

By mid 1983 the Capri range had been whittled down to just three models, the 1.6 LS, the 2.0 S and the 2.8i. Colour coding of the grille, mirrors etc came with the Laser 1.6 and 2.0 in January 1984, a treatment carried out to the 2.8i from September when it became subtitled “Special” along with 7 spoke alloy wheels, limited slip diff and improved trim and fittings. This and the two Laser models carried the Capri flag into 1986 although a rather special revised Tickford Capri was offered in small numbers (2 ?) from December 1986, coinciding with the end of all Capri production. For a couple of years the UK had been the only market that sold the Capri, and after the last one was made a total of 4,400 were left to be sold in 1987, and a few (150) in 1988. A last run special was created with the 280, unofficially known as the Brooklands, these featured 15” rather than 13” wheels and 1038 of them were produced. Eventually around £2000 had to be lopped off their list price of £11,999 to shift the last few.

Unlike the situation with the first Capris when contemporary models of the car were quite numerous, models and toys of the Mark III were rarely produced throughout the real cars production years. However they seem to have been issued almost continually ever since!

As an indication of how collecting can be complicated, fascinating and also frustrating is clearly illustrated when investigating a particular model Capri III that was trialled by Atlas as part of a proposed range. This was discussed at length by David Lynn in a recent issue of Diecast Collector and he came to the conclusion that the short trial run of model Capris was based on tooling by Ixo who had produced some resin Capri III models in their Premium X range and went on to make more under White Box and Ixo brands. The Atlas example depicted a 2.8i of 1981 in red while the Premium X models were of the Tickford development cars, a rhd white one for the handling and the red for power train development. The interior of the Tickford was finished in a plain light grey while the walnut dash and instruments were created with stick-on printed labels. When Ixo produced their 1982 lhd 2.8i on their own label it featured a very plain base marked simply 1:43 Ford Capri with a feint Ixo logo but the model is nicely detailed otherwise. The base is significant as the Whitebox lhd 3.0S has exactly the same base minus the Ixo logo. The selfsame ‘pepperpot” wheels were featured although these weren’t a standard ’S’ fitting but no doubt could be optioned. Also available on the Whitebox label were a 1980 rhd GT4 and a 1982 rhd 2.8i. A further issue of these Capris came under the RBA label and it is believed that these were also the same as the White Box examples.

Autosculpt miniatures were made in Sheffield from 1993 and were solid aluminium tinted resin around 1:90 in scale. All three Capris were included, their Mk III is listed as a 1978 and as it features a tailgate mounted spoiler but lacks the side rubbing strips it has to depict an ’S’ although the four spoke wheels don’t fit that assumption – the ’78 ’S’ had eight spoke wheels. A very small number of larger solid miniatures were also produced – usually for car clubs, and one of these was a Capri III, possibly a 2.8i in 1:38. Pepperpot wheels and twin exhaust tailpipes support this suspicion.

B S Design kits from Germany are similar in some ways as they are 1:87 solid resin but in kit form. The also produced a few plastic models in 1:25 and although a Capri III in the larger size has been recorded at some time no further details have been found.

More H0 scale Mk IIIs from Germany came from Herpa, with their quite simple plastic miniature that is marked “Ghia 3.0” on its base. Initially it came in self coloured plastic with a silver base/front panel/bumpers component but an alternative issue came in a metallic finish with black base and appropriately coloured lights. these were possibly contemporary with the real cars. A more recent issue depicted the German Zakspeed Turbo RS, 200 of the real cars were made from 1981 and possibly inspired the Tickford project. The Herpa RS featured a matt black bonnet. On the subject of the RS Mk III, very nice 1:87 and 1:43 models of the Turbo came from Neo featuring the subtle flared wheel openings to accommodate the wider wheels and the extra large rear wing on the tailgate. Unfortunately the mirrors on the smaller model have a tendency to fall off if you look at them too closely!

Another range of resin kits but in 1:43 was C G Hobby and included was a kit to make a Mark II or Mark III no doubt as a competition car. An example was purchased around 30 years ago but has not been seen for a long time amidst the mass of other various unbuilt Ford kits.

Back in 1980 Corgi produced two sizes of Mark III – 1:36 and 1:58 – all were 3.0 ’S’ versions, one in each size was sold as ”The Professionals” TV series car while a second colour was offered in the larger line and a several other colours were produced in the smaller scale. While in the Corgi arena an interesting Mark III in plastic that scales out to 1:19 is meant to be a racer but other than a mass of stick-on labels the model is in stock Mark III shape. A long antenna emerges through the left side front wing while the obscured interior contains all manner of electrical gubbins. A battery cover in the base reads “Corgi M5700 Capri made in Hong Kong to Mettoy Company Limited specifications”.

The Vanguards range is of course part of the Corgi operation, although it began as a Lledo project. Their range of Capri III models runs to around 20 variations although the variety is not as great as might be imagined. There have been three versions of the 2.8i plus a 280 and a 2.8i Special, a single 3.0 Ghia, one Calypso and no less than six 3.0 “S”, the rest are competition or Police versions. Interesting is that the first Vanguards issue of the Mark III has a detailed base marked “Corgi Drive Time Ford Capri Mk III” while all the rest have a simple “Vanguards Ford Capri Mk 111” marking.

Minichamps entered the Mk III arena in 2003 with a very nice 1979 3.0 ’S’ following a year later with a colour change on the same subject. In 2007 a 2.8i came along which compared to the 3.0 ’S’ was more or less a simple colour and decal change, same interior and very well detailed base with twin exhaust system picked out in silver with the addition of the distinctive ‘Pepperpot’ wheels. In the same year a 2.0 GT4 was added and again this was another colour change, while the same base had the right side part of the twin exhaust system was left unpainted and that side tailpipe was omitted. All very nice models of course.

Mark IIIs from Norev were all 2.8 of various derivatives, albeit in two scales. The 1:43 example is a superb miniature of the 2.8 Super Injection as it was known in Germany while the 1:18 scale models were treated to subtle changes to the wheels, grille colour and decals to create at least three different versions, 2.8 Injection, 2.8 Super Injection and 280 Brooklands. The larger models have among the neatest opening features seen on any models together with extremely detailed engine compartments.

More multiple Mark IIIs came from Oxford, albeit in 1:76 scale. At least two colours of each version – 3.0 ’S’, 2.0 Laser and 2.8i. plus one in police livery. These are relatively simple but attractively finished. In the same scale a list of models was produced by Maz Woolley in MAR 214 (August 2007) and that included an entry for a TPM resin/white metal kit Capri Mark III Ghia but as yet this has not been seen by this column.

By quite a long way the first model of a Mark III 2.8i that was recorded came from the Mini Racing Prestige stable of 1:43 handbuilt resin models. This was almost contemporary with the real thing and stood alone in the Capri cabinet for a while. It is now one of many while the depth of dust it has collected is evidence of how much longer it has been there! Like many of the early resin offerings, the body is not as crisp and well defined as the more recent products, but it was appreciated for many years. Despite having the ‘pepperpot’ wheels of the first 2.8i, it also has colour coded grille and front panel of the later Special/Super versions.

Finally, while not quite in the “model’ category, Scalextric did some Mark III Capris, at least two of which were quite ‘stock’ other than the inevitable imaginative colour decorations that are all part of the slot racing scene. Very likely several will have been repainted to match owners real cars.

Ford Capri Mark III Models.

Atlas (Ixo) China 1981 2.8i rhd WLR 200X 1:43 diecast
Ixo China 199 1982 2.8i lhd 289 EGF 75 104mm 1:43 diecast
Premium X China TIC 001 1982 Tickford rhd White 100mm 1:43 resin
Premium X China TIC 002 1982 Tickford rhd Red 100mm 1:43 resin
Whitebox China 163 1980 GT4 rhd 104mm 1:43 diecast
Whitebox China 247 1982 2.8i lhd 104mm 1:43 diecast
Whitebox China 152058 1981 3.0’S’ lhd 104mm 1:43 diecast
RBA China C120 1982 2.8i 104mm 1:43 diecast
Autosculpt UK FO3 1978 ’S’ 43mm 1:97 resin
Autosculpt UK 001 FO 2.8i 120mm 1:38 resin
BS Design Germany 1:43 plastic
C G Hobby KC4 MkII or MkIII 1:43 resin kit
Corgi UK 342 3.0 ’S’ rhd Professionals 129mm 1:36 diecast
Corgi UK 343 3.0 ’S’ rhd yellow 129mm 1:36 diecast
Corgi  Jr UK 61 3.0 ’S’ rhd  red 76mm 1:58 diecast
Corgi  Jr UK 64 3.0 ’S’ rhd Professionals 76mm 1:58 diecast
Corgi  Jr UK 141 3.0 ’S’ rhd white 76mm 1:58 diecast
Corgi Hong Kong M5700 radio control 228mm 1:19 plastic
Corgi Drive Time 10800 1983 2.8i rhd A481 WKU 104mm 1:43 diecast
Corgi Vanguards 10803 1978 3.0 ’S’ rhd XFB 520T 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10807 3.0 ’S’ rhd TDF 292R 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10808 2.8i chrome plated 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10809 1978 3.0 ’S’ rhd UOO 303T 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10810 1980 3.0 ’S’ rhd SLT 741W 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10811 1978 3.0 ’S’ rhd TUF 30S 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10812 1982 2.8i rhd UMG 545Y 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10813 1986 280 rhd D194 UVW 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10814 1978 3.0 Ghia rhd VKT 78T 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10815 1978 3.0 ’S’ rhd VHK 494S 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10816 1986 2.8i Special rhd D240 VRG 104mm 1:43 diecast
Vanguards 10817 1982 Calypso rhd SME 977Y 104mm 1:43 diecast
Herpa Germany 2005 1978 3.0 Ghia lhd 48mm 1:90 plastic
Herpa Germany 3005 1978 3.0 Ghia lhd  metallic 48mm 1:90 plastic
Herpa Germany 3505 1982 ’S’ lhd 48mm 1:90 plastic
Herpa Germany 28509 1981 RS  lhd 48mm 1:90 plastic
Mini Racing France MRA 0090P 1981 2.8i lhd 98mm 1:43 resin kit
Prestige France PM 95 1981 2.8i rhd 98mm 1:43 resin
Minichamps China 82220 1979 3.0 ’S’ lhd 101mm 1:43 diecast
Minichamps China 82222 1979 3.0 ’S’ 101mm 1:43 diecast
Minichamps China 82225 1982 2.0 GT4 lhd 101mm 1:43 diecast
Minichamps China 82226 1984 2.8i lhd 101mm 1:43 diecast
Neo China 87240 1982 Turbo lhd K AW 240 52mm 1:83 resin
Neo China 43326 1981 Turbo lhd K AW 325 105mm 1:43 resin
Norev 182710 1981 2.8i rhd 242mm 1:18 diecast
Norev 182711 1984 2.8i Super lhd M CW 2095 242mm 1:18 diecast
Norev 182713 1983 2.8i rhd 242mm 1:18 diecast
Norev 182716 1982 2.8i 242mm 1:18 diecast
Norev 182717 1982 2.8i lhd 242mm 1:18 diecast
Norev 182718 1986 280 rhd 242mm 1:18 diecast
Norev 705610 1984 2.8i Super lhd  K A1 272 103mm 1:43 diecast
Oxford China CAP 001 1980 3.0 ’S’ rhd  OWC 627W 58mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford China CAP 002 1980 3.o ’S’ rhd  OAR 576W 58mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford China CAP 003 1985 2.0 Laser rhd C99 UUE 58mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford China CAP 004 1986 2.0 Laser rhd  D272 REW 58mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford China CAP 005 1986 2.8i rhd D959 WTW 58mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford China CAP 006 1983 2.8i rhd A233 YNV 58mm 1:76 diecast
Scalextric UK C117 3.0 rhd 132mm 1:33 plastic
Scalextric UK C300 3.0 rhd with lights 132mm 1:33 plastic
Skytrex UK 111 31mm 1:139 solid metal
TPM UK 78F43 1978-81 Ford Capri Ghia 1978-81 1:76 Resin/White Metal kit
Illustrations: Ford Capri Mark III


Norev 1:18 diecast : 182713, 1983 2.8i rhd

Norev 1:18 diecast : 182711, 1984 2.8i Super lhd

Corgi 1:19 radio control plastic from Hong Kong : M5700

Autosculpt 1:38 resin from UK : 001 FO, 2.8i

Scalextric 1:33 plastic slot car from UK C117, rhd

Whitebox 1:43 diecast from China : 152058, 1981 3.0 ’S’ lhd

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China : 10814, 3.0 Ghia rhd

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China : 10803, 1978 3.0 ’S’ rhd

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China : 10813, 1986 280 rhd

IXO 1:43 diecast from China : 199, 1982 2.8i lhd

Premium X 1:43 resin from China: TIC 001, 1982 Tickford rhd

Norev 1:43 diecast : 705610, 1984 2.8i Super lhd

Corgi Drive Time 1:43 diecast from China: 10800, 1983 2.8i rhd

Prestige 1:43 resin from France : PM 95, 1981 2.8i rhd

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China : 82220, 1979 3.0 ’S’ lhd


Neo 1:43 resin from China : 43326, 1981 Turbo lhd

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China : 82226, 1984 2.8i lhd

Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China : 82225, 1982 GT4 lhd

Corgi 1:36 diecast from UK : 342, 3.0 ’S’ “Professionals” rhd

Corgi Jr. 1:58 diecast from UK : 61, 3.0 ’S’ rhd

Corgi Jr. 1:58 diecast from UK : 64 3.0 ’S’ “Professionals” rhd

Oxford 1:76 diecast : CAP 003, 1985 2.0 Laser rhd

Oxford 1:76 diecast : CAP 002, 1980 3.0 ’S’ rhd

Herpa 1:90 plastic from Germany : 3005, 1978 3.0 Ghia lhd metallic

Herpa 1:90 plastic from Germany : 2005, 1978 3.0 Ghia lhd

Neo 1:83 resin from China : 87240, 1982 Turbo lhd

Autosculpt 1:97 resin from UK : FO3, ’S’

Skytrex 1:139 metal from UK : 111

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A look at the Neo Ford Zodiac III Estate Car

By Maz Woolley

Photographs by the Author.

This Neo was released some time ago but it is still on general sale. It is made to 1:43 scale in resin in China for Germany. The Ford Zodiac Mark III was the top model in Ford’s line up from 1962 to 1966. With many mechanical similarities to the Mark II it somehow seemed like a larger car with a more dominating appearance. Its designer Roy Brown was also responsible for the Edsel and the Ford Cortina. The estate cars were a conversion by Abbots of Farnham who had had a profitable relationship with Ford which came to an end later in the 1960s when Ford decided Estate cars sold in sufficient volume to build them themselves. The Zodiac was powered by the familiar straight six engine of 2.6 Litres which had been fitted to the Mark II before it.

The Neo model captures the size and shape of the Zodiac Estate well. Its profile being very good. The photoetch looks good at first sight but is a bit too shiny and is not always shaped to give a flush fit in the channels it fits in.

The front end with its twin headlights and large grille are well captured and the Zodiac badging correctly printed in gold.

The wing mirrors are perhaps a little large with overscale shafts but this is presumably to stop them becoming so fragile that they would be easily damaged.

The estate car was quite a handsome conversion of the saloon with a  roomy interior and huge luggage space. Many of these estate cars were destined to become police vehicles as they could carry lots of emergency equipment and still have a reasonable turn of speed for Motorway Patrols.

The rear view show that Neo has made a nice job of the rear lights, handles and other rear details. The twin rear exhausts are present and are for once not chromed which is excellent as few would have been in the Sixties.


All in all this is a nice model from Neo and a top of the line Zodiac saloon would be a nice companion.

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Intergranular Corrosion

By Maz Woolley

Photographs by the Author of a model in Dave Turner’s collection of Fords in MIniature.

Integranular corrosion is better known to collectors as “metal fatigue” or “zinc pest”. The alloys used for diecast models (Mazak/Zamak) should be stable and models should remain fine for years unless impurities exist in the alloys. Many of us became aware of this phenomenon when collectors of early Dinky models watched their models disintegrating before their eyes. Since when the same has been seen in other ranges with pictures of broken and fatigued Saratov produced USSR models featuring on some bulletin boards for example.

Many collectors, including me, had believed that modern mainstream die casters quality control was a guarantee that such problems would not arise. But it isn’t true. The pictures below are of a Corgi model which is gradually failing but Corgi are not the only people whose models have issues, and the failure of the model below should not be taken as an indication that your stored Corgi models are any more at risk than other makes.

The Millionth Transit was a popular release from Corgi but as can be seen from the photographs below this one it is suffering so badly from the corrosion that the sides are bowing out and the bonnet and roof are wrinkled.

Things are a little complicated by the fact that it appears that poor preparation or paint issues by some makers may cause the paint to lift and craze whilst the casting below is still actually in good condition. However, as the pictures above show when the metal starts to fail the surfaces become “wavy” which means that it is not just a problem with paint.

Many collectors, myself included, have models stored in boxes. It may be worth your while looking over models that you have not looked at in a while to check that they are all OK. If you should find models with Intergranular corrosion please let us know by email or facebook or via the contact form on the website. It would be interesting to see pictures and perhaps do a round up of the wider experience of collectors at a later date.

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The Ford in Miniature – Thames 400E

By Dave Turner

“The Word’s Most Versatile Light Van”

Photographs and illustrations of some of the models discussed are shown after the text.

After producing the E83W 10 cwt van for no less than 19 years, Ford UK introduced their new 400E Thames van in November 1957. That old E83W featured the 10hp 1172cc side valve Ford engine that was mounted off-centre towards the passenger side allowing the vehicle to have a semi-forward control layout.

As carrying capacity in as short a vehicle as possible became increasingly important the new 400E Ford managed to provide 170 cu. ft. (183 with the passenger seat removed) by simply building the vehicle high enough to locate the 1703cc engine from the MkII Consul low between the seats. Built on a separate chassis the 400E was ideal for having a wide variety of aftermarket commercial bodies mounted behind the cab or even encompassing the drivers compartment while that big 4 cylinder engine was man enough for whatever was asked of it.

Initially Ford produced the plain van and a 8 seater estate car but the latter gave way to a 12 seater bus in September 1958, featuring longitudinal rather than transverse rear seating, although towards the end of 400E production in August 1965 the estate car returned in small numbers. From March 1962 the Perkins 4/99 1621cc diesel engine became an option while from January 1963 the later 1703cc engine from the new Zephyr 4 was fitted together with the option of a four speed gearbox.

400Es came as 10/12cwt or 15cwt capacity and from February 1961 a pick up employing much of the vans lower bodywork appeared. Various coach builders became well-known for their 400E conversions – Martin Walter for example produced the Utilabrake featuring wooden slatted rear seats as well as the Utilabus complying with PSA regulations having a raised roof etc. On the other hand Kenex offered the 12 seat Kenebus and 11 seat Kenecoach with drivers bulkhead in addition to the Kenebrake with upholstered seats and Yeoman with wood slat seating. Another unusual variation was the Powatruc for which a motor driven air compressor was mounted behind the cab, the engine for that being additionally connected to the rear wheels – the regular engine under the floor being omitted.

Very few visual changes can date an example of the 400E, the detail of the Thames badge at the rear was changed in April 1960, the Consul 204E hub caps gave way to the Anglia 105E pattern from December 1961 while the “Thames” badges gave way to “Ford” from March 1965.

As far as models are concerned, there seems to have been a re-awakening of the 400Es existence in the last year or so – Oxford have produced some superb models at realistic prices in two scales while AutoCult’s very nice offerings come at less attractive prices.

Starting with the latter, so far three variations have been recorded – a flatbed, a dropside and a Team Lotus variation on the flatbed. There are many illustrations of these both online and in MAROnline, and from these it would appear that the cab front is a bit flat as well as being too high. Team Lotus had more than one 400E at various times but the example that carried cars was an extensively modified vehicle with a much longer wheelbase than the standard 400E.

Corgi produced 902,000 examples of their Airborne 400E camper conversion between 1962-66. As well as being an excellent rendition of the van itself, the interior of the real camper was replicated in a well detailed plastic moulding, rather than the simple vac-formed interiors that had been the norm until then. Opening rear doors pivoted in prominent top hinges while the elevated roof section was a fixed part of the main casting.

While the Corgi scales out to 1:44, a Hong Kong made plastic copy by TAT/Telsalda works out to be just twice the size at 1:22. This replicates each and every detail on the Corgi, including the big rear door hinges and absence of rear lights, and was featured by John Hanson in MAR 131 (May 1999) In addition to Corgi’s features, the big plastic one comes with flywheel drive on the front axle, a roof section that can be raised and lowered and a set of retractable steps at the rear. The exact same plastic shell was also utilised to create a 12 seat minibus that boasts a completely different interior featuring seats, each with an uncomfortable eye-watering looking central upright spike onto which various seated figures can be located. A removable roof rack allows access to the interior in order to re-arrange the occupants.

Another familiar contemporary diecast came from Dinky Toys who made their 400E between 1963-9, and they chose a flatbed on which a big Atlas/Copco air compressor was mounted. This was not Fords Powatruc but a self contained separate compressor albeit cast in unit with the flatbed of the 400E in this case. Lifting side panels reveal a well detailed control panel and power unit etc. while the cab interior has a basic interior. Like the Corgi the Dinky has a form of suspension in addition to which a primitive form of steering was included. Like the Corgi, the Dinky Toy was copied and the result came in the shape of a dropside truck in which was mounted a working elevated platform. No identifying marks have been found anywhere on this unusual adaptation that scales out to be smaller than the TAT/Telsalda at 1:27.

Often remarked upon is the amazing value for money that Oxford manage to incorporate in their 1:43 models – unfortunately only the 400E and Anglia vans have so far been produced by them in this scale for us fans of the Blue Oval. In view of their value we must accept that the same interior has been provided for both the van and minibus even though some real vans will probably have been fitted out with seats in the rear. Attention to detail goes as far as the post April 1960 “Themes” badge at the rear and Anglia 105E type hub caps. The 1:43 models are correct for 0 Gauge model railways and Oxford have duplicated their 400E van and bus in 1:76 for us 00 Gauge modellers along with some more Ford subjects.

New Zealand was the source of the Fun Ho series of small toys, and was produced by the F Underwood Engineering Co to around HO scale. These were simple diecast castings, a few with moving parts such as the 400E van on which the rear doors could be opened. In order to provide a ‘hinge’ the top of the doors were very narrow. A 400E pick up was also part of the range and these two scaled out to 1:81 although HO is 1:87. A total of 81,900 of the little vans were made, along with 69,900 pick ups – the latter called Ford Thames Freighter in Fun Ho speak. The Fun H0 range was initially made by an Australian company called Streamlux until 1962, the Underwood company took over manufacture in 1964 and subsequently added many more subjects, including the 400Es. Production ended in 1982 as the easing of import restrictions brought in cheaper toys but some models were subsequently reproduced by the Fun H0 National Toy Museum Foundry including the 400E pick up. These featured the addition of glazed windows and were illustrated in MAR 104 (Aug-Sep 1996)

Despite the real 400E Estate car having turned into a minibus by late 1958, when Matchbox launched their diecast of the subject for 1960 they called it a Ford Thames Estate Car and retained that label. Initially it came without glazed windows, subsequently clear and green tinted vac forms were fitted. Whether it was intentionally made to 1:76 to match 00 gauge model railways is debatable but it leant itself to be the basis of a subsequent reproduction by the Creative Casting Company who offered a metal kit of the 400E for model railway use. The latter lost a bit of the real vehicles tall narrow character in the transition and while it featured a full width front seat but none in the back, it also had some extremely narrow metal wheels. Another rather different spin-off from the Matchbox came from Hong Kong in a range of cheap plastic copies of Matchbox subjects called Blue Box. Rather naughty was the illustration on the box of what looks like the original Matchbox item, although this was made of extremely flimsy plastic featuring a wheelbase that is much too short.

Triang produced a range of 1:76 plastic road vehicles in the late 1960s called Minix – related to the Minic range but the X denotes no mechanism. Intended for use with 00 gauge model railways these were extremely accurate in their detail and proportion, the 400E being listed as 15cwt and like the rest featured a plated plastic base that included bumpers and grille. Later examples may have had black base and wheels. A simple interior depicted the seats, steering wheel and rear flat floor. Of the total 10 million Minix models produced, a third were sold as loads on Triang/Hornby railway wagons.

More 400Es for 00 scale came in kit form from R Parker, Maz Woolley described in detail the kits and building them in MAR 198 (Dec 2005) and MAR 209 (Feb 2007) as well as including photos of the same. Another 1:76 range of kits from Roadscale included a 400E van and this was described by Tony Askwith in MAR 129 (March 1999) while SMTS offered 1:43 kits to create the Team Lotus 400E conversion that was sufficiently long to accommodate a racing car.

Back in 00 scale, yet another 400E van came from Weico in Australia in their Wizard range, described by John Roberts in MAR 188 (Dec 2004) and Maz Woolley in MAR 191 (April 2005). It was suggested in the latter that it may have been inspired by the Minix. Weico came to this columns notice many years ago by producing repros of the old Australian Micro Models, several of which were 1956 Fords of various types.

No doubt the ultimate miniature 400E was made by Shawcraft Models along with several others in 1:8 scale for showroom use at the time of the real vehicles. For many years around 14 of these desirable models were kept at Dagenham but are believed to have been sold off and change hands now for substantial four figure sums.

Ford Thames 400E Model Listing
Autocult China 2016 8001 Dropside 1:43 resin
Autocult China 2016 Flatbed 1:43 resin
Autocult China 2016 07005 Team Lotus Transporter 1:43 resin
Matchbox UK 1969 70 Estate Car 54mm 1:76 diecast
Blue Box Hong Kong 342 Estate Car copy 55mm 1:75 plastic
Creative Casting Co UK Minibus copy 53mm 1:77 metal kit
Corgi UK 1962-67 420 Airborne camper 94mm 1:44 diecast
TAT/Telsalda Hong Kong 714 Airborne camper copy 185mm 1:22 plastic
TAT/Telsalda Hong Kong 714 12 seater bus copy 185mm 1:22 plastic
Dinky Toy UK 1963-69 436 Atlas Copco compressor 89mm 1:46 diecast
Unknown Dropside with cherry picker copy 152mm 1:27 plastic
Fun H0! NZ 1960s 20 Van 51mm 1:81 diecast
Fun H0! NZ 1960s 26 Pick up 51mm 1:81 diecast
Oxford FDE 001 Van 54mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford FDE 002 12 seater bus 54mm 1:76 diecast
Oxford FDE 1 Van 96mm 1:43 diecast
Oxford FDE 2 12 seater bus 96mm 1:43 diecast
Minix UK 1966-71 13 15cwt van 53mm 1:76 plastic
Weico/Wizard Australia 2004 10 15cwt van copy 1:76 metal
Parker UK 35 Van 1:76 metal kit
Parker UK 36 Flatbed 1:76 metal kit
Parker UK 42 12 seater bus 1:76 metal kit
Roadscale UK THA 1 Van 1:76 metal kit
Shawcraft UK Estate car showroom model 1:8
SMTS UK Team Lotus transporter 1:43 metal kit


Illustrations: Ford Thames 400E

Corgi 1:44 diecast from UK: 420, Airborne camper

Dinky Toys 1:46 diecast from UK: 436 Flatbed with Atlas-Copco compressor

Oxford 1:43 diecast for UK: FDE 2, 12 seater bus British Railways.

Oxford 1:43 diecast for UK: FDE 1, van British Railways

Minix 1:76 plastic from UK:13, 15cwt van

Fun H0! 1:81 diecast from New Zealand: 20, Van

Fun H0! 1:81 diecast from New Zealand: 26, pick up.

Matchbox 1:76 diecast from UK: 70, Estate Car

Blue Box 1:75 plastic from Hong Kong: 342, Minibus copy of Matchbox.

Oxford 1:76 diecast for UK: FDE 1, van British Railways.

Creative Casting Company 1:76 metal kit from UK: Minibus, copy of Matchbox.

TAT/Telsalda 1:22 plastic from Hong Kong: 714, Airborne camper copy of Corgi

TAT/Telsalda 1:22 plastic from Hong Kong: 714 12 seater bus using Corgi copy body.

Unknown Make 1:27 plastic: Dropside with cherry picker, copy of Dinky Toy flatbed as base.

Shawcraft 1:8 made in UK:400E Estate Car as photographed by Ian Ingham in the Ford Museum

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Atlas Dinky Trucks – 25JJ Ford Calberson

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The latest Atlas Dinky Truck series model to be sent to me is French Dinky 25JJ Ford Poissy in Calberson livery.  Dinky France made extensive use of this cab. originally as a flatbed with or without end boards, then as a truck, a tanker, a high sided truck, a tipper, a dustcart and a tow truck before making the covered truck with a liveried tilt in Calberson, Grand Moulins De Paris and SNCF liveries. The final version was as a Nestlé milk lorry fitted with churns like the Studebaker already seen in the Atlas series.

Calberson are now part of the major French logistics company Geodis Calberson.   They first started road haulage work in 1921 and by the end of the 1940s Calberson was set on expansion buying up smaller hauliers to grow the business. So in the early 1950s more and more vehicles would have been seen on French roads in the distinctive yellow with red grille and wheels.

25JJ was introduced in 1949 and deleted in 1952. Despite the short run multiple variations exist as the decals were changed several times. Dinky also made an articulated truck in Calberson Livery based upon the Panhard lorry.

Ford opened their Poissy plant in 1940 only for it to be taken over after the German invasion and for its output to be dedicated to the German war machine managed from Ford’s Cologne works. After liberation its output was then switched to supporting the Allies across Europe. Production of the 5 ton Ford F698W nicknamed “Poissy” started in 1946 . It was a development of the Matford  F917WS  trucks produced during the war.

The Atlas model has been nicely produced replicating the original well with an early version of the Calberson livery showing the outline of France with a train and lorry superimposed. The later liveries replace France with a globe with aircraft and ship images superimposed reflecting Calbersons livery changes as the company grew and became an international as well as a national carrier. The yellow paintwork with red contrasted grille and wheels has been well replicated and even the cast in tow hook is there at the rear.

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