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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Introduction / Explanation

This will always be a 'work in progress' as photographs are added or upgraded and missing bits are slotted in. Aiming to be no more than a guide to the figural production of Airfix Products.

Wherever possible it will quash urban myths or commonly held beliefs which are incorrect, most of which have grown-up during the 'Internet Years'.

As many search terms as possible will be used in order that anyone visiting whether familiar with Airfix or a new collector/casual browser will be able to find what they want, either singly or in groups of similar size, period or subject matter using the 'Click-on Index' to the right. Likewise the title-blocks will be as comprehensive as possible so they can be discerned in the 'Blog Archive' feature on the left of the page.

As this is designed to be a sort of second page for the Small Scale World blog, there was going to be no 'comments' feature, but I've enabled it, still, anyone with an issue concerning the factual accuracy of any entry can eMail me with supporting evidence and will be fully acknowledged for any resulting change or update.

I will also not use the Pink/Khaki thing here as I have on the general Blog, I want it to be cleaner and more streamlined, so people can find what they're looking for with ease, although I will date additions if I think it's relevant.

Eventually, every post/page will have the figure set complete, a one-of-each-pose numbered line-up for ready reckoning, a set on the runners ('sprues') - if applicable - box types/artwork, inserts, copies/piracies, comparisons with other versions and other makes, moulding variations, conversions, painted figures both my own (when I get round to them!) and tatty old OBE's (Other Bugger's Efforts) from way back when, close-ups of the vignettes and anything else pertaining to each set I (or you - contributions welcome) feel is relevant, interesting, funny or weird!

1966; [WWII - Cold War] Attack Force Jeep & Trailer, 1652 - OO/HO (nominal)

This is the first of the 'readymade' vehicle articles, publishing in 2019, it's/they're well-overdue as I started this Blog in 2009! Beginning with the first - listed (by code number) - vehicle, and one which didn't get a second version; possibly because it was out of scale with the latterly stated 'scale' [size] of OO/HO, indeed it could be considered that it was replaced by the Field Gun & Tractor (Quad and 25lbr.) . . .

. . . the Jeep & Trailer.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
My collection; not vast but enough to study in this post, with a carded 'minter', a loose pairing and another pair with a play worn jeep, taking this shot mid-way through the photo-shoot, I replaced the carded one without it's windscreen, but you can see how the screen keeps it tight under the card, while the seats prevent it slipping through.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
The card; cleverly cut-and-folded from a single sheet, with a retaining flap for the jeep and 'axle-hook' for the trailer, both of which are designed to fold forward as the card is folded back into an L-shaped 'shelf'. A 'rack-toy' hanger-hole is also punched in the card and on both my example and another two seen, the axle-hook was not employed, the jeep sitting tight enough without it.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Component parts; the trailer and jeep being a single shot, but only by dint of not having the connecting 'sprulette' removed in the factory. The wheel/axle assemblies are single mouldings and the windscreen is plug-in with a sort of off-set, bayonet-fitting 'lock' to help prevent loss.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Several of the pieces have what are probably mould-tool cavity-numbers, a hit and miss affaire as we will see with some of the other vehicles, some obvious pieces having no number (Pershing turret, whole APC) others having one (as here), while the common hull carries five different numbers, due to it's being used on four vehicles.

For the jeep though it appears there was the one cavity for each of the three numbered components, 12 for the windscreen, with the jeep and trailer bodies being 28 and 29 respectively. I'll look at this numbering more geekily on a separate page dedicated to these all vehicles!

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
My first GIF-animation (if it works!), don't expect a plethora of them, and this is hardly the best, the fact that I cropped the two images by eye, means there is a slight variation in 'register' giving it a slightly 3D aspect which actually makes it more tangible.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
A few close-ups of the sprulette and the unused axle-hook stamped into the card, the trailer is an odd choice, being a reasonable approximation of the ammunition trailer for 25lbr field guns (and 6-pounders?), usually seem limbered between the gun and a quad-tractor.

It's also equally out of scale with either of Airfix's chosen scale/sizes of 1:32/54mm and the slightly mystic 'OO/HO' or HO/OO!

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Various comparisons - for the next bunch of shots; these three are pretty contemporaneous, with - from the left Eldon (USA) with a pintle-mounted .30-cal Browning MG, the Airfix (UK), a Tudor Rose (UK) jeep with two crew and Manurba (Germany)'s offering, the Manurba (Manfred Urban) also being sold in the UK as Tallon.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Rubber jeeps from Auburn (USA) behind; late production PVC, and a similar Skandie-jeep in blue from Tomte Laerdal along with a rather tatty (but quite rare I think?) Frog 'Penguin' Jeep (penguins can't fly; a little joke from the predominantly model aircraft maker!), which is manufactured of an indeterminate material - it could be hardened rubber/PVC, an early styrene, a dodgy-ethylene hybrid or even a composition of some kind?

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
An eclectic line-up here; the lilac jeep (with spoked wire-wheels!) is by a Sayarat (possibly Israeli, Indian or Turkish?), the white one at the back has a pull-back-and-go motor, is Italian-made and marked 'Gio.' (which could be any one of several makers . . . Giochi Preziosi (GiG), Giocatelli, Giolitto Torino (Kinder), Giovanni Plastics, Il Giocattolo, Techno Giodi (Kinder), et al!) and could be from a Kinder 'Maxxi-egg', or just a more standard pocket-money plaything.

The much distorted (with age and drying-out) MP's vehicle with wheel-arch siren is Thomas Toy's from America and the other 'jeep'/4x4 is a clip-together/slot-together kit of unknown origin, but which could fit in a Kinder egg with very careful packing?

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Die-cast line-up; to the left of the Airfix vehicle we have a generic (or currently unknown) HK jeep with ambulance stickers, to the fore are a couple of later Universal Matchbox jeeps with big-wheels, roo-bars and rather lose (but intentional) tilt-covers and - in front of them - two recent Chinajeeps, one (left) probably based on an Indian Mahindra jeep, the other based on the old M38/Wrangler type - did the Chinese army copy them at some point?

Coming back in from the right we have the Matchbox Jeep with recoilless-rifle, from the 1-75 range; it was Battle King compatible and contemporaneous, even to having similar wheels to the Battle King US half-track.

Then there are two Corgi models; the earlier Huskey/Corgi Juniors Jeep in front, with a later, leery-painted one behind. The final model here is a lump of solid die-casting in the style of the old 'dime-store' slush-casts from Midgetoy . . . a brand of the A&E Tool & Gauge Co., USA.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
A group of Hong Kong generics (some of which will be attributed over the next few years, there's some good information on HK coming out of the woodwork now) in the same vein as the ones we saw here, with a Payton (?) at the back; I think someone called it MPC the other day, it's unmarked but a quite good quality moulding with the spare-tyre in the cargo foot-well?

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Two generations of the same Hong Kong 'mini', the rear one being a cleaner tooling with trailer, the one on front being a slightly tired-looking moulding but seemingly from the same tool, probably toward the end of it (the tool)'s usefulness, which are both better scaled for 1:72nd scale war-gaming. The wheels tie-them into some of the 1-ton Humber mini-trucks, so a maker or brand may be forthcoming on these too, one day.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Getting smaller - front to rear; Marx's Jeep from the Miniature Masterpiece playsets and window-boxes, the Zee/Zyl/Zylmex 'Mash' jeep later handed to Tai Sang and issued by Redbox as Motormax (see also below), the Airfix and two die-cast jeeps; one Marx (tatty green one), the other Hong Kong - the orange one.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Because the Airfix-Airfix comparison further below involves a rubbish sample and the Zee Toys model above was missing it's aerial, I dug-out better samples of both along with the Matchbox plastic model-kit version and a couple of colour-variant Marx mini's and shot them all together. The diminutive Matchbox kit vehicle knocks the others into a cocked-hat, accuracy-wise!

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Another smallish HK Jeep is to the left of the main line-up, with a comfortably upholstered back-rest to the rear bench! Next to that is a cartoony novelty Jeep in bright-orange with baby-wheels!

Moving to the right we then have a red HK one, possibly a gum-ball machine capsule prize, I have it in several colours, then a polystyrene one, also probably HK* and possibly a play-set accessory (train wagon or transporter-lorry load?) or another capsule novelty?

The next one is the Roco-Minitanks M38, the silver one is from the Spear's board game Trek (or Safari Trek?) and the teeny blue one is from a Kinder-egg, it was a load on a little recovery-lorry, it also came in green or yellow.

The other blue one at the back is either Montaplex or Mundi Toys I think; the wheels are right! But I'm not sure about the packaging, although it's sealed so I've voted to leave it for now, but I suspect a dealer. Some dealers went through a phase of using those cheap mail-order, freezer-bag heat-sealers to make their stuff look 'more new' a few years ago!

Finally at the front is what I believe is a Hong Kong copy of a US mini die-cast - Tootsie, another Midgetoy, Mattel? It's definitely looking HK, it's missing a windscreen and I also have a green one with pink driver.*

*Both these are unmarked and could equally be Spanish Sobres or similar small 'pocket-money' toys/giveaways from Europe.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Finally (for comparisons, for now); the smallest of the small! I have half a feeling that this is actually either a carrier-deck jeep from a naval model-kit, or one of the cargo vehicles from the similar landing ship kits from Aurora, Monogram or Pyro, back in the day - there were some odd-scaled/box-scaled amphibious-assault vessel kits knocking-around in the 1960's?

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
Not actually a jeep, and possibly ex-Bachmann (or AHM), it is nevertheless marked Airfix on the base and another open-backed, 'pick-up' configuration, utility vehicle! The very US looking, vehicle from the Airfix Mainline model railway Dr. X play set; is it a Dodge or a Ford?

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
The Airfix-Airfix comparison which lead to the upgraded shot above, it's not bad, but it's missing the windscreen and has been 'transferred-up' without painting, this was from the Buffalo Amphibian model kit.

25lbr Gun Limber; A&E Tool & Gauge Co.; Airfix; Airfix 1652; Airfix Attack Force; American Jeep; Ammunition Trailer; Attack Force Lines; Auburn Rubber Jeep; China Jeep; Corgi Jeep; Dr. X Playset Truck; Eldon Jeep; Frog Jeep Toy; Frog Penguin; GiG Jeep; Gio Jeep; Giocatelli Jeep; Giochi Presosi; Giochi Preziosi Jeep; Giolitto Torino Jeep; Giovanni Plastics Jeep; GP Jeep; Hong Kong Jeeps; Il Giocattolo Jeep; Italian Jeep; Jeep; Jeep & Trailer; Jeep and Trailer; Jeep Driver; Jeep M38A1; Jeep M51; Jeep Passenger; Jeep Toy; Jeep with Searchlight; Jeep Wrangler; Kinder Jeep; Kinder Maxxi-Egg Jeep; Limber Trailer; Mahindra Jeep; Manfred Urban Jeep; Manurba Jeep; Marx Jeep; Matchbox jeep; Midgetoy Jeep; Montaplex Jeep; Motormax Jeep; Mundi Toys Jeep; Pattern No. 1652; Payton; Penguin Jeep; Penguin Toy; Poly Vehicles; Polyprops; Quad Tractor Limber; Readymades; Redbox Jeep; Roco-Minitanks Jeep; Sayarat Jeep; Spear's Games; Spear's Jeep; Spear's Trek; Tallon Jeep; Techno Giodi Jeep; Thomas Toys Jeep; Tomte Laerdal Jeep; Tootsie Toy Jeep; Trek Jeep; Tudor Rose Jeep; USA; Willy's Jeep; Zee Jeep; Zyl Jeep; Zylmex Jeep;
I'd taken most of the images in the initial photo-shoot before I remembered or noticed (again!) that one of my three has had its front bumper (fender) removed (or snapped-off - I'm not about to see how brittle it might be by trying to do more damage!), it's a pity they didn’t just remove the rope-coil (probably meant to be/represent a winch) and leave the bar behind, which would be a reasonable conversion, but actually, it's really not that noticeable!

Monday, November 5, 2018

1940's (Sometime?); [WWII], 500 / 500M / 501 / 502 Motorcycles And Riders

Tipping a nod to Plastic Warrior magazine and their Airfix special for the codes and to the Editor - Paul Morehead - for the original ID, wherein lies a tale we'll get to in a minute, but first a look at the machines and their riders.

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A heavily painted machine, and the first I found, although not the first I'd seen, pretty standard 54mm/1:32nd scale compatible machine. Not knowing much about motorbikes I can only obseve that it's not a 'V-twin' although what that makes it instead is up for grabs, and the knee-pads on the tank look a bit like some BSA ones?

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Comparison with an unpainted machine, the pink one I will wax-lyrical on in a minute, but for now you can see how it's quite a detailed machine for its age compared with the machines posted on the Home Blog today (5th November 2018) where Pyro, Teixedo, Reisler and later Atlantic were producing machines with hinted-at engine detail, or imaginary engines!

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The commonest form you will find these in is a 'primary' coloured, colour-fast, soft 'unbreakable' or 'beach-toy' polyethylene, usually with contrasting wheels and often without a rider, but we see from that reference in the PW 'Special' that they were sold four ways;

500 - Motorbikes & Riders (2 types). Unpainted only . . all unbreakable and removable riders.
500M - Motorbike Only.
501/2 - Riders Only (assorted 2 types)

All trade, per gross.

What any retailer would want a gross (144) of motorcycles riders [without bikes] for is anyone's guess!

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Another, with one of the riders, this is the helmeted chap, the other has a peaked 'service-cap', of a rather squishy US style, but I'm not aware of this being a US mould-share or copy and the machine is very British in lines.

The listing given in PW's special is from an un-dated 1940's catalogue and it's not clear which rider is 501 and which is 502, but I favour this as the '2, due to seniority, the other figure having sergeants stripes!

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So, to the sorry tale . . .

 . . . I first became aware of these about a decade ago, when working for JB, he got a bunch of them in a mixed-lot from somewhere, and we didn't know who they were by, but liked the look of them, and it happened that Mr. Morehead had come round for a 'working brunch' and identified them as Airfix, heavily painted by a loon, with a spoon! [I made-up the last bit!]

Anyway, JB asked me if I could clean them, and I said "Yeah, sure, I'll take them home and do it tonight". I can tell you it took three dips in Nitromores (this back in the day when Nitromores would take the paint off a car-body in 30 seconds and was worth using - now it's some 'elf-n-safety' affected, watered down, oven-polish with no power to speak of!), and a hour or so with a tooth-pick to get the thick khaki 'mud' off them.

Then, about four/five years later, I found this at Dave McKenna's Birmingham show! I've since seen others and although the catalogue in PW states "unpainted", and while most examples are unpainted, it looks like either Airfix or a retailer painted them at some point, with this thick gloss paint, and that we'd stripped 'factory-paint' off a whole batch! Hey-ho!

As the paint matches some examples of the early mounted (Horse Guard in service dress) and early 54mm figures (Airborne, Japanese and Paratrooper), I think it probably was/is Airfix?

500 - Motorbikes & Riders (2 types); 500M - Motorbike Only; 501 - Motorcycle Rider; 501/2 - Riders Only (assorted 2 types); 502 - Motorbike Riders; Airfix Model Figures; Collecting Airfix Figures; Collecting Toy Soldiers; Early Airfix Figures; Early Airfix Toy Soldiers; Early Airfix Toys; Early British Toy Soldiers; Early Motorbike Toys; Motorcycle Toys; Plastic Warrior Magazine; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage Toys;
Three parts of the bike and both riders, as [unpainted] riders are usually a different colour to wheels/motorcycle, the fact that the painted one is the same colour as the bike he came with is another sign that they were probably factory-/out-painted and then matched to machines with the under-polymer colours unknown.

There is a variation of the helmeted figure, with his goggles on his helmet, not his face, with the same pocketed tunic as the Sergeant and without the Sam-Brown/cross-belt, whether this was dropped early or added after the PW-referenced catalogue is unknown.

Equally it may be that someone forgot to include it in the catalogue listing, OR that the 'two types' are cap or helmet and that there was 'artistic' variance within a multiple-cavity mould/tool?

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My sample to-date (Nov.'18), whatever the truth of the paint/no paint, I'm not stripping my one; just in case! But the one I really like is the pink one . . .

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. . . and I can't tell you how much I love this toy - it looks like a fossil, dug from the pink sandstones of the Gobi desert, painstakingly, with a hat-pin and a soft-brush.

By some series of quirks, from the similarly-coloured plastic for the wheels and bike, some factory or home painting at various times, some cleaning and/or weathering/play-wear over time, it has developed a patina of 'antiqued' age you couldn't re-produce in a laboratory with the greatest minds in the universe working on the problem.

This is one of the ten to try and save from a fire! If it wasn't identical to the others in every way, you'd think it was from another company and thirty-year's earlier!

Under the patina, the bike is a pale pinky-flesh and the wheels a mauve-purple. The engine seems to have been gold at some point and the patina is probably a sign of the vehicle having been a darker-red with an unstable additive/colourant?

10th Dec. 2018 - Strangely (not! They're always following me!) a machine turned-up in Vichy over the weekend - a month after posting this - with traces of all-over gold paint!

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Best of British!

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Signs of the front number-plate being painted on the faded one, and a short-shot / miss-mould on the front number-plate of the red one, I also noticed the mud-guard bar on the blue one has gawn-missin'. . . I'll trim it off to make it less obvious at a glance!

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A few more riders, all the same pose, they came together, so probably date from the same factory-gate batch, a later (?) stable pigment ethylene run, matching two of my machines, the red and silver exactly, the black a new colour.

The original image I used in a mixed motorbike post on the 'Home Blog' when I was hedging my bets with a 'probably/possibly' I think! Other colours seen in relation to these include a bright apple/grass green and a subdued yellow.

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So - I got them out and took the shot a few days later, but I'm not going to announce it on the home Blog, as I've posted a couple of links there (to here) in the last few weeks and I'm sure some people get sick of links to something they've only just read!

Therefore if you're reading this in December 2018 you're getting a 'sneak preview' of something I won't return to until something more substantial turns-up! Not that there's' anything new in it, just a nice picture!