Over the past few months I have been collecting examples of the first issue of each No. in the Matchbox 1-75 series of models. When Lesney decided upon a new model one of the existing ones would be dropped and the No. allocated to the new toy with a b (or later c, d, etc.) suffix.
I already had several examples of the first issue (some of them from new!) Not really worried about the condition (playworn ‘patina’ is good) but the cleaner the better really.
This one is a No. 3a (produced from 1953-61). It was missing the wheel handle but white-metal replacement parts are available!
This is a No 44a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I; about 1/80th scale and produced from 1958-64.
This though is a No. 64b MG 1100 (produced 1966-70) about 1/60th scale. Quite an unusual model and with working suspension, a driver and a small dog poking its head out of the window.
Had this tinplate friction drive tank lurking in the bottom of a box for decades. Dibro brand, which is short for Dickinson Brothers a company based in Liverpool, UK which was active in many manufacturing sectors in the 20th century.
Some years ago, I sold my early Tri-ang (pre Hornby merger) OO scale Pullman cars. So when I found one in a ‘bargain bin’ at a recent toyfair I found it hard to resist, especially as it was less money than I sold my one for. Now though, I need to find replacements for some of the other Pullman coaches.
Missed a toyfair visit again earlier in the year due to being unwell. So with a bit of an effort, I made the most recent one. It was not well attended by either buyers or sellers and there was no opportunity to add to my Hornby 3-rail items.
So, a Matchbox 1-75 series ERF Horsebox (1957-64) and although it looks the same size (if not scale) what is actually a Matchbox Yesteryears series (first issue) Sentinel Steam Wagon…of about the same vintage. Outlay of ‘virtually no money at all’. Pleasing overall.
Finally managed to obtain a 1950s 3-rail loco at not too bad a price. Thus I now have a (very small) working layout.
I would have preferred one in LMS livery but they are harder to come by and usually more expensive. It makes a nice train-like clickety-clack noise probably due to almost every part being metal, unlike the plastic of later 2-rail systems. There’s something about these early Hornby products…they have more character than later models.
The wooden station is actually O-scale and came as an addition to a Hornby clockwork set. (Passenger set No. 21) many years ago.