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Goldvarg F100 on its way soon.

By Maz Woolley

All images supplied by Goldvarg.

The first release of Goldvarg’s new resin models of American cars has been very successful with almost all showing as sold out perhaps to the frustration of US collectors.

Sergio has now released pre-production pictures of the 1965 Ford F-100. This will appear in  Tropical Turquoise and Rangoon Red and looks very close to release. This 1965 car appeared in many TV series in the 1960s and epitomises the typical US Pickup used for work and play. Here the Goldvarg is presented with lots of the options that make this an attractive vehicle.

I look forward to seeing the pre-production pictures of the forthcoming 1960 Mercury Park Lane.


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The Ford Car in Miniature – Ford Prefect 1953

By Dave Turner

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

“The First Light Cars in the Five Star Class”

Ford Prefect 100E/107E 1953-1961

Ford UKs smaller cars had remained in production virtually unchanged from their pre-World War Two form right through into the 1950s but the much needed development of a new modern replacement had been under way since 1951. In the event a continuation of the old upright styled cars of the 1930s in the shape of the old Anglia (now re-named Popular) did continue alongside the thoroughly modern new 100E range.

Totally different to their predecessors, the new cars featured unitary construction with MacPherson strut front suspension and conventional rather than the old torque tube rear drive. A side valve engine was continued to avoid further development costs whilst the only other left-over feature was the vacuum operated windscreen wipers. In appearance the new models presented a refined but scaled down image of the Consul/Zephyr range.

Derivations of the 100E range were varied with two and four door saloons, vans and estate cars but in the interests of practicality the four door Prefect will be the subject of this review of miniatures – the rest will follow eventually.

On the market from December 1953, changes in the production of the Prefect were usually minimal but sometimes significant – for example in October 1955 a De Luxe version was created featuring a more attractive flat facia and identified by the waistline plated strips.   At the same time both versions got a separate rear flasher light below the circular reflector. From May 1957 the bonnet mascot changed from the winged style to a flat V but big changes came five months later in October when a larger rear screen was accompanied by slimmer bumpers and the Prefect name now in script on the boot lid. At the same time the rear reflector became a larger rectangular design, a new instrument panel arrived along with a locking glovebox on De Luxe examples and a triangular badge replaced the long rectangular pattern on the front wings. Another worthwhile change happened in September 1959 when the overhead valved engine from the new Anglia replaced the old side valve. unit.  These cars were designated 107E as a result. The only external evidence of this was the short piece of plated strip on the forward part of the front wing, plus many sported the same pattern hub caps as the 105E Anglia. In May 1961 the Prefect came to an end – in theory replaced by the Consul Classic that appeared the following month.

The Models

A strange result of the research into miniature Prefects was the number of projected models in the 1:43 metal/handbuilt category. One of these – Sanger – was a rather mysterious range that issued a quite extensive list of models in the mid 1990s that included eight Ford subjects. Minimarque 43 also listed a couple of 100E Prefects but as far as this column is aware issued only an Anglia and Popular were produced in 1994 while Pathfinder also listed a Prefect that has yet to be seen in the metal. The majority of the miniature Prefects that were made are in the smaller scales but among the smallest is the 1:88 resin/aluminium solid from Autosculpt. This is so well detailed despite its modest size that it can be more or less identified as a late example of the 100E De Luxe – triangular front wing badge, Prefect script on boot lid. V bonnet mascot, bumper over riders, rectangular reflectors and waist line plated strips. An even smaller example came from Skytrex in their range of hollow castings intended for use on N gauge model railways.

Meccano launched a range of vehicles to accompany their Hornby Dublo model railways under the Dulbo Dinky Toy label. Their Prefect appeared in 1958, a rather badly proportioned effort to say the least both the bonnet and boot lid being noticeably too long while the detail would best be described as ‘minimal’. As Matchbox also produced the self same Ford Prefect in a much better fashion at the time the Dublo item was soon deleted in 1959. While the railway scale is 1:76, the over-long dimensions of the Dublo Prefect result in that it scales out, by its overall length, at 1:66. This didn’t prevent a repro of the Dublo item being produced in later years by Bob Wharrier.

The Matchbox was made from 1957 and is a much better likeness, despite it being from the time that door shut lines etc were depicted by projecting rather than inserted casting details. From the early type of bonnet mascot it can be dated as representing a pre- May ’57 example. As was also frequent at the time the Matchbox Prefect features a relatively huge tow hook. Like the Dublo Dinky, the Matchbox has also inspired copies, at least a couple, one from Midget models and another in the Scale Link range of model railway accessories. the latter including seats, previously missing. An anonymous plastic Prefect that is very likely derived from the Matchbox has been included here, it could be from the Blue Box range of cheap copies but has several differences.

In the 1950s DCMT produced many diecast toys in their Lone Star Series, however a small range of simple diecast vehicles were made under the River Series banner, including a Prefect. The shape is almost a caricature of the real thing with a long bonnet, short boot and high roof. Apparently the tooling was loaned to Lincoln Industries in New Zealand where more Prefects were made, and that wasn’t the end as the tools then found their way to Israel and Prefects then appeared in the Gamda range of toys. At least the latter had clear plastic windows installed.

At least one superb 1:43 model of the Prefect is available and that came from Brooklin’s Lansdowne range of UK vehicles. This depicts a very early example of the De Luxe series in that it retains the early pattern of rear lights that lacked the separate flasher below the reflector. This is acceptable simply because Fords own sales material from October 1955 shows a car so equipped.  The model displays an appropriate registration – SLJ 980 – a late 1955 issue from Bournemouth.

Wells Brimtoy were well-known toy makers in the post war years but an unusual issue from them in the late 1950s was a plastic Prefect, along with a companion Squire estate. These were said to be used as promos by Ford, although no evidence of that has been found. Despite the modest size – 1:60 – there is a lot of subtle detail, just enough to date it as a later 100E, only the rectangular reflectors are missing. No interior or any markings on the base however.

The Classix range of 1:76 vehicles includes almost the whole range of 100E/107E Fords, the Prefect example depicts a 1961 107E and is an excellent model – even the facia is the correct pattern. while the licence plates show 718 BLC – a London issue from 1961. The real car is itself well known in the Ford Sidevalve Owners Club and had its regular column in their club mag. Whether the realistically applied sun visor on the model is from the real cars early life is possible – it was missing in later photos.

Ford Prefect Models 1953-1961

 

Autosculpt UK 2000 F14 1958De Luxe 43mm 1:88 resin/aluminium
Dublo Dinky Toys UK 1958/9 061 1954 58mm 1:66 diecast
Bob Wharrier UK 1990 061 1954 copy 58mm 1:66 metal
DCMT River Series UK 1950s 1954 96mm 1:40 diecast
Lincoln New Zealand 1957-60 1954 re-issue 96mm 1:40 diecast
Gamda Israel 1960s 12 1954 re-issue 96mm 1:40 diecast
Lansdowne UK 2000 59 1955 De Luxe 90mm 1:43 metal
Lansdowne UK 2012 59a 1955 De Luxe 90mm 1:43 metal
Matchbox UK 1957-61 30 1956 55mm 1:70 diecast
Midget Models UK 1990 21 1956 copy 53mm 1:70 metal kit
Scale Link UK 2000 213 1956 copy 53mm 1:70 metal kit
Unknown copy 53mm 1:70 plastic
MiniMarque 43 UK 30a 1953 not issued? 1:43 metal
MiniMarque 43 UK 30b 1957 not issued? 1:43 metal
Pathfinder UK 27 not issued? 1:43 metal
Sanger UK not issued? 1:43 metal
Skytrex UK 106 26mm 1:147 metal
Wellsotoy UK 1957 63mm 1:60 plastic
Classix China 2010 76864 1961 107E 50mm 1:76 diecast

Illustrations: Ford Prefect 1953-1961.

Autosculpt 1:88 resin/aluminium from UK: F14, 1958 De Luxe
Dublo Dinkly Toys 1:66 diecast from UK : 061, 1954
Bob Wharrier 1:66 metal from UK: 061, repro of Dublo Dinky Toy
River Series 1:40 diecast from UK: 1954
Gamda 1:40 diecast from Israel: 12, repro of River Series

Lansdowne 1:43 hand built from UK: 59, 1955 De Luxe
Matchbox 1:70 diecast from UK: 30, 1956
Midget Models 1:70 metal kit from UK: 21, copy of Matchbox
Scale Link 1:70 metal kit from UK: 213, copy of Matchbox
Unknown 1:70 plastic: copy of Matchbox?
Skytrex 1:147 metal from UK: 106, for ’N’ gauge model railways.
Wellsotoy 1:60 plastic from UK: 1957
Classix 1:76 diecast from China: 76864, 1961 107E

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Brooklin January 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Brooklin

Brooklin has recently released a number of  new and re-coloured models. Here are their studio photographs of the latest releases. All these models are now available from Brooklin suppliers even if Brooklin’s web site does not show them as available. Those interested in buying them should bear in mind that Brooklin dealers are now often offering significant discounts which did not happen previously. It is noticeable that there are no new Lansdowne models at the moment as Brooklin continues to develop it’s new sales strategy.

BML22 – 1939 Nash Ambassador

BML23 1948 Ford V8 Station Wagon. [Colour change]

 

BML24 – 1934 Ford Five Window Coupe –

Stated as Cordoba Grey but beige/brown colour

BRK221 – 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4 Door Hardtop

The four door hardtop has not often been modelled and this model has been favourably received for the significantly improved levels of detail.

 

BRK223 – 1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Coupe

Another well received model. This model is neatly detailed.

 

CSV26 – 1937 Superior-Pontiac Provident Ambulance

IPV446 1939 Railton Cobham Saloon (Flying Squad)

Six cars were assembled during the war for the use of the Metropolitan Police.


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Ford Transit Connect Conversion

By John Quilter

Photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author except for one clearly marked publicity Photograph from Greenlight.

In the last few years Ford has completely revamped its commercial vehicle range moving away from the long running Econoline  in the USA and adopting the international design vans and mini buses,  a more European type range of commercial vehicles.  These compete with the Mercedes Benz Metris, and Dodge Ram Promaster City, Chevrolet City Express offerings as well as some from Nissan such as the NV200.    There are two basic Ford models  but lots of variations.  The smaller of the two current offerings is a Transit Connect and the larger,  just known as a Transit.    In the USA the Connect is actually the second generation of this vehicle, the first being smaller still and imported from Ford’s Turkey operation.    The second generation was launched in 2012 and sold in the US from 2014.   It is produced in both Turkey and Valencia Spain.   It comes in two lengths,  174 inches or 190 inches.    The passenger version is known as the Titanium edition with side windows and additions rows of seats,  two behind the driving compartment on the shorter version.

 

Greenlight Collectibles, who do a number of 1:43 scale replicas of modern vehicles, produce a white Transit Connect van with a black interior.  These are quite accurate diecast models probably used by Ford as promos since they replicate current production Ford products.   The Connect measure 4.37 inches which is virtually dead on accurate 1:43 scale for the longer version.  Greenlights are good value for money so for an inveterate modifier such as myself, they make great donor models to create something a bit different and not currently in an model range.  Therefore I set about making one of the cargo versions into a passenger van known as the Titanium edition which features  more features and fancier interiors.

To do this required disassembly, quite easy with two Philips screws holding the plastic base plate in place.  Grinding off the spun pegs  releases the fascia unit and this gives access to the front side windows which also need to be removed and set aside for protection.   Then comes the harder work.   After covering most of the model with masking tape for protection, drill a number of small holes in the inset areas of the side panels.   A Google search for photos of the real vehicle, often internet advertising websites, will give good views of the shape of the windows and in many cases the design of the rear rows of seats plus representative colours.    Many of the Titanium editions will be in various colours but in order to preserve the logos and badging and black mouldings I chose to keep my model in the very typical commercial vehicle white.    To open up the windows it will be necessary to drill multiple holes in the body sides.  Be advised this Mazak material is hard stuff, use sharp bits.   Then much filing with various square, triangular, and round files will open up the window areas to the proper shapes.  Once the windows are to the correct shape I cut out of clear 1/16th inch thick clear plastic windows to fit the apertures.   The modern vehicle practice these days is to have a wide black boarder around windows so some flat back paint surround is painted in as well.

For additional rows of seats I scratch made reasonable facsimiles from pieces of styrene plastic shaped and glued together then painted grey and black and fitted to the base plate.   The  on line images I found showed seats in duotone grey and black so these additional details were added to the stock Greenlight front ”captain’s chair”  seats.


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Ford in Miniature – An Edible Transit

By Dave Turner

Editor’s Note: After the recent articles on Jell-O premiums by Robin Godwin and Chocolate Land Rovers by Mike Pigott, Dave has followed up with an edible Ford Transit which like the chocolate Land Rovers has been eaten rather than collected.

Pictures by, and copyright of, the Author.   

As Robin Godwin was kind enough to point out the Jell-O Ford Frontenac it inspired me to respond with another loosely connected item.

Here are some images of my 2010 Transit – that I still run-  and even more frightening, that ‘figure’ was said to represent me! Needless to say, as the cake was made about the time the van was new, it hasn’t lasted as well as the good old Transit and is now long gone – I’m glad I preserved it on film


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The Ford in Miniature – Ford Corsair 1963-1970

By Dave Turner

Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

“More Space – More Flair – More Everything”

Ford UKs Consul Classic had one of the shortest productions runs of any of their cars, it was intended to appear prior to the new 105E Anglia but the pressing need for a new small Ford in the UK changed those plans and the Anglia that arrived in 1959 was in such demand that production of the Classic was severely delayed.

The Classic’s replacement was given the project code ‘Buccaneer’ possibly in view its Halewood production site on Merseyside and the model name Corsair also had a nautical flavour. Ford had used this monica before on one of the larger US Edsels back in the late 1950s. The new Corsair had a certain US line in its styling – the front end echoed that of the ’61-3 Thunderbird in addition to hints of the German Taunus P3.

As Fords strap-line suggests, the new Corsair was a slightly enlarged Cortina, sharing that cars mechanics on a lengthened floorpan resulting in a 3” longer wheelbase. Even the same door shells were employed together with a new outer skin. Appearing in October 1963, the Corsair came initially as a two or four door saloon in standard, Deluxe or GT trim. The Cortina’s 1498cc engine was employed while a bench front seat with column change was standard although the GTs featured separate front seats and remote floor gear change – optional on the Deluxe. Automatic was available from December ’63. A revised dash arrived in September 1964 along with a 3/4 horn ring to replace the original controversial ‘quartic’ component.

A much more significant event for the Corsair took place in September 1965 when the new V4 engine made its debut. This was only the third wholly new engine from Ford UK since 1950 and came in 1663cc or 1996cc versions. Along with the new power unit another new dash was installed featuring the eyeball vents for the new “aeroflow” ventilation system, along with external extractors on the ‘C’ pillars and these later series were immediately recognisable by the large ‘V’ on the front panel. An estate version arrived with the new engine and these were produced by Abbotts who converted partly complete Corsair bodies using Cortina estate parts, only the fibreglass tailgate was new, created to close onto the Corsair saloons lower rear panel.

The pinnacle of the Corsair range was possibly the 2000 and 2000E that arrived in November 1966 featuring a considerably refined version of the larger engine and improved trim.

Models of Corsairs have appeared from the time of the real cars in a variety of forms up to the more recent selection of around ten years ago.

The appealing range of tiny resin/aluminium models from Autocraft included most of the UK Fords from the 1960s period, their Corsair depicts a pre V engined four door saloon and has such detail for its size that the front and rear badges are clearly present – if not quite readable!

Hongwell has produced some 1:43 2 door Corsairs for several labels and Maz Woolley touched on them in MAR 220 (March 2008) in which Motorart was referenced. In addition they came under the Cararama banner – sometimes accompanied by a caravan. What may have been the first version had opening doors and depicted a V4 engined car – unusual as a two door. However the amount of detail was commendable having virtually all the bright work around the windows, printed badges the appropriate instrument panel and a separate plated exhaust system plus an international ’S’ plate on the back panel for Sweden. Another issue from Hongwell omits the opening doors and has the badges for the pre-V engined cars despite having the raised ‘V’ on the front panel and the V pattern exhaust system – now part of the base. Like the V4 version it is left hand drive despite the 1964 registration plate for Wallasey (NHF 974) .

Contemporary with the real car the Dinky Toy Corsair came with many play features – slide-down windows, suspension, steering and opening bonnet with in-line engine inside. It even had the badges in the body casting – albeit a tad overscale but the interior was a very basic vac-formed item. Like the Hongwell the Dinky was sometimes paired with a trailer – this time carrying a boat. By simply painting the roof dull black complete with the ‘stitching’ lines Dinky tried to turn the model into a 2000E, ignoring its 2 door status as well as the in-line engine under the bonnet. At least they removed the redundant badges from the body casting and provided some reasonably appropriate wheels. Meccano shrunk the Corsair tooling to 1:65 and issued yet another 2 door Corsair in their Hong Kong produced Mini Dinky series. Not only did that continue the opening bonnet but it also boasted an opening boot lid. It also featured suspension but that at the front is invariably collapsed.

Brooklin produced a 4 door 1:43 Corsair in their Lansdowne series for 2004. Depicting a pre- V engined car complete with 1965 registration plates (GGX 175C: London) it comes with the correct post-Sept ’64 facia layout and those distinctive wing mirrors that swept back towards the windscreen. A year later the Lansdowne Collectors Club special model was a 2000E adapted from the regular Lansdowne item and was a limited run of just 150. The roof was finished in satin black but lacked the ‘seems’ and appeared strange as a result. The external vents were fitted, the badges changed and the wheel pattern made appropriate while the licence plates were updated to 1967 (CBH 822F : Buckinghamshire) but the same pre V engined facia was once again employed.

Lone Star was a UK brand of toys – chiefly of cowboy and gun related items but they ventured into die cast toy vehicles during the 1960s. Their 4 door Corsair in the Road-Master Impy Super Car Series suggests that they took the operation seriously as despite being only 1:59 scale featured opening front doors, bonnet and boot lid, suspension, steering, jewelled headlights, vac formed interior and windows, and rubber tyres (starting to split after 50 years).

The Matchbox Corsair appeared in early 1965, slightly smaller at 1:70 than the Lone Star and a great deal more simple, having suspension but no opening parts. However it did come with a plastic roof rack that carries an upturned rowing boat and carries a 1961 registration number (715 TVT Stoke-on-Trent)

Pathfinder models was a relatively short lived range of 1:43 white metal models and most seem to have acquired a perceived high value. In addition to their regular line, a series of five models of UK Fords were made exclusively for Minicar 43 in Oslo, among them was a run of just 350 Corsair 2000Es. The detail on this goes down to the black painted inserts in the bumper over riders and the little decoration above the extractor vents – a detail missing on all the other model 2000Es. The interior is especially well detailed with its wood effect facia a complete with the Aeroflow vents at each end. An appropriate licence plate for 1967 CMA 881F (Cheshire) is applied front and rear.

In 1964 Triang decided to create their own range of vehicles to accompany their popular model railways in 1:76 scale.The first one of four for ’64 was a Ford Anglia but a second series came in the following year and included a Corsair. A one-piece plastic body and a plated base that included bumpers grille and headlights looked extremely accurate although the axles were a tad short taking the wheels a shade too far inside the openings. Neat clear plastic windows allowed the empty interior to be seen, but they were meant to stand on model railway layouts. Triang must have thought that it was worth making the change to a V engined car when the time came and managed to squeeze the ‘V’ onto the front panel, it is almost invisible, while the extractor vents on the C panels are only a fraction deeper than the detail of the original decoration in that location.

The only Corsair available on the market larger than the 1:43 sector found so far is the plastic Telsalda under the Lucky banner. At 1:23 it is basically a push and go toy with flywheel on the rear axle and opening bonnet and boot lid, the shape is acceptable but spoiled by the flat straight line of the roof edge above the doors and oversize wheels.

Ultimate small Corsairs are of course the big 1:8 scale Shawcraft models made for Ford in the 1950s/60s along with at least ten others of the period. The Corsair seems to have been produced in both two and four door form and an example is reported to have sold for £3000.

Model Listing – Ford Corsair 1963-1970

 

Autosculpt UK Fo 06 1990s 1964 4 door 49mm 1:91 resin/aluminium
Dinky Toy UK 130 1964-9 1964 2 door rhd 106mm 1:42 diecast
Dinky Toy UK 169 1967-9 1966 2 door 2000E 106mm 1:42 diecast
Mini Dinky Toy Hong Kong 10 1964 2 door rhd 69mm 1:65 diecast
Hongwell China 13157 1964 2 door  lhd 105mm 1:43 diecast
Hongwell China 1965 V4 2 door lhd 105mm 1:43 diecast
Lansdowne UK 41 2004-9 1965 4 door    rhd 105mm 1:43 metal
Lansdowne UK 41x  (130) 2005 1967 4 door 2000E rhd 105mm 1:43 metal
Lone Star UK 18 1960s 1964 4door  rhd 75mm 1:59 diecast
Matchbox UK 45 1965 1964 4 door  rhd 64mm 1:70 diecast
Pathfinder UK 1007 (350) 1988 1967 4 door 2000E  rhd 106mm 1:42 metal
Triang Minix UK RC6 1965 1964 4 door 59mm 1:76 plastic
Triang Minix UK RC6 1967 1966 V4 4 door 59mm 1:76 plastic
Lucky/Telsalda Hong Kong 149 1964 4 door   rhd 198mm 1:23 plastic
Shawcraft UK 1960s 2 and 4 door showroom models 1:8

 

Illustrations- Ford Corsair 1963-70

 

Lone Star 1:59 diecast from UK: 18, early 4 door saloon.
Lansdowne 1:43 metal from UK: 41, 1965 4 door saloon.

 

Lansdowne 1:43 metal from UK: 41x, 1967 2000E limited run of 130 for Lansdowne Collectors Club.

 

Hongwell 1:43 diecast from China: V4 2 door saloon.
Triang Minix 1:76 plastic from UK: RC6, 1964 4 door saloon.
Early Minix on left V4 on right
V4 on left early Corsair on right, Aeroflow vent barely visible in Red V4
Autosculpt 1:91 resin/aluminium from UK: Fo 06, 1964 4 door saloon.
Dinky Toy 1:42 diecast from UK: 130, 1964 2 door saloon.
Hongwell 1:43 diecast from China: 13157, 1964 2 door saloon.
Hongwell Cararama V4 on left – early car on right the ‘V’ in the casting still visible.
Mini Dinky 1:65 diecast from Hong Kong: 10, 1964 2 door saloon.
Triang Minix 1:76 plastic from UK: RC6 1965 V4 4 door saloon, update from the earlier model.
Matchbox 1:70 diecast from UK: 45, 1964 4 door saloon originally came with a roof rack and boat.
Pathfinder for Minicar 43 1:42 metal from UK: 1007, 1967 2000E limited run of 350.
Lucky/Telsalda 1:23 plastic from Hong Kong: 149, 1964 4 door saloon.

Dinky Toy 1:42 diecast from UK:169, 2 Door 2000E saloon.
Rear view of Dinky 2000E

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Anonymous Alloy models from China

By Maz Woolley

 

Every now and again eBay throws up some curiosities as we have seen with the recent articles on GFCC Jaguar and Pontiac models in MAR Online. Indeed GFCC has come up with another US model recently, a Studebaker Speedster Coupé , which the Author has ordered and will review when it arrives. A photograph from the eBay listing is shown below.

 

At the moment there are a number of sellers of models described as “alloy classic models” which do not appear to have originated from Part Works or other known model ranges . Four seem to be available and photographs from eBay listings are shown below.

 

Austin Seven


Skoda Hispano


 

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost


 

Ford Model T


 

All the models appeared to be finished in a “Yesteryear” style with no window glazing but as the models were being offered very cheaply with no postage charges I decided to buy the Austin Seven to see what it was like.

The model is marked C.I.L. on the base but I seem to be unable to find any details of this company on the web. If readers have any details please let me know. As I expected the model is like a later “Model of Yesteryear“. It has a plastic roof but diecast body.

The wheels are one piece plastic affairs but as can be seen they have excellent spokes and rims and if they had been fitted with rubber tyres I would rate them as better than the wheels on Oxford’s equivalent model. The front lights are picked out but the rear ones though moulded in are not printed.

The body casting has been neatly detailed with handles, flaps and coachwork lines but none are printed. Underneath the chassis is made in plastic in some detail.  All in all this is quite a nice basic model but the one thing that lets it down is the paintwork this is far from smooth and the model really would benefit from taking the model apart and treating it like a kit.


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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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