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Chris Sweetman
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 Matchbox 62 General Service Lorry

You have seen this already in @david-green David Green's excellent Early Matchbox thread where he shows the model in mint condition with its box. I decided to take my childhood treasure out on manoeuvres at the local park. As can be seen it isn’t mint and I never had the box because it was a gift from one of the school’s dinner ladies Mrs Wagstaff way back in the day.

Just as a reminder this Matchbox model replicates in 1:110th scale an AEC Militant MK1 10 ton 6X6 lorry with General Service body. The Matchbox miniature was number 62a in the 1-75 series and was issued in 1959 and deleted in 1962.

 

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Ed Davis
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Nice scene. Thanks.

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Bob Jackman
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I love your patinaed version Chris.


   
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Chris Sweetman
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@ed-davis / @bob-jackman Thank you Ed and Bob appreciate your comments. At least with play worn toys one can stuff them in a pocket and take them out on journeys just like you did when you were a kid.

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Mike DeTorrice
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It looks great, Chris ! Somewhere I have a H.O. scale military-type truck of indeterminate brand and make that I probably used to place on my train layout many years ago.


   
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Ed Davis
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With this post from Chris and the ones from David Green's Matchbox series, we have seen photos of many nice small-scale military models produced 50 to 60 years ago.  Back then, these were probably the best available in these sizes. Today, the level of detail and price is much greater. Late last year I purchased a 1/72 scale model of a M42 Duster made of plastic and metal parts.  The model manufacturer is Panzerkampf.  The M42 is a tracked vehicle with twin 40 mm anti-aircraft guns.  It first saw service in early 1950s.  It was used in the Vietnam war for defense against ground attacks, since its guns could be fired horizontally. Here are some pictures.

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David Green
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That is a beautifully detailed M42, Ed. The ability to great fine small scale models has really improved over the last decade or so. This is a fine example.


   
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Amazing detail, Ed. What is the price range on these?

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@ed-davis 

Hi Ed,

I do have some small scale military equipment in plastic made by ROCO of Austria. These are sold through Herpa.

Here are a couple of 1/87 examples with good detail.

Faun SLT 50-2 8x8 Tank Transporter, "Elefant" Arsenal-M 211200008 with

Leopard 1A2 Medium Tank, Bundeswehr. Roco Minitanks 256

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 These were equipment first introduced to the West German army in the early 1970s.


   
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Christopher Moroni
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Arguably the VERY best 1/87 (H.O) scale military "stuff"  ever manufactured. As a kid, I'd frequent a few well-stocked hobby shops that carried ROCO in depth.  I didn't collect them, nor could I ever fit them into my projects, yet I would just stand there, mesmerized by the incredible amount of scale detail on EVERY single model.

And nothing's changed! 😏  


   
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Ed Davis
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@david-green 

I remember the ROCO models and sometimes see them in a hobby shop I visit. They are nicely detailed, just not in a scale that I collect.

Ed Davis
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Ed Davis
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@jkuvakas 

The 1/72 scale military vehicles I collect (currently have 6 different ones) are typically in the $40 to $60 range.  They are produced by companies most people reading these forum posts are probably not familiar, such as Panzerkampf, Hobby Master, Dragon, Precision Model Art, etc.  One can also find models at much lower prices, but they have less detail.  There is a wide range of military vehicles representing WW2 to today and from the US, and European and Asian countries.

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