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Greetings all!

Continuing with the series of changes to the Bedford Articulated Lorry, in particular, the changes to the prime mover, we move to February 1955, during which time, the model had changed its sales number from 521 to 921, a number series that denoted a DINKY SUPERTOYS - a designation that was in sales number only for the Bedford Articulated Lorry. The 921 Bedford Articulated Lorry was packaged in a newly designed box, a box that became known as "blue striped", having both the old and new sales numbers.  The first model to be accommodated in this new style of box was the 25X Breakdown Lorry in February 1953. The next model was the new 582 Pullmore Car Transporter in April 1953 with the renumbered 521 Bedford Articulated Lorry to 921 in the same month, April 1953. It appears based on material available to me, when Meccano changed the sales number from 521 to 921 and gave the model a new "face-lifted" box it also changed the designation on the base plate from DINKY SUPERTOYS to DINKY TOYS. 

921 BEDFORD ARTICULATED LORRY - QUALITY INSPECTED FEBRUARY 1955

We now list the castings the 921 continued using as well as those that were changed. Numbers 2, 14, 27, 30 and 32 were constant since at least February 1953 with the only "new" change being to the petrol tank which apparently started to cause a great deal of trouble from April 1953.

2. Axle supports extended to lower bumper bar

3. Chassis surrounding winding mechanism aperture flat

5A. Elongated-rounded lug above rear axle to keep wheel hub away from the chassis.

8. “Made in England” cast into flat area next to the pin holding the chassis to the platform

10b. Rectangular flat area covering 100% of the top of the petrol tank

From this in 1948:

To this in 1955:

11. Curving chassis on either side of rear axle from the cab to the rear. This is only applicable with the Articulated.

14. Casting ejector lugs more apparent closer to base plate, others below rear pin holding the model's non-hinged back less prominent.

15. Square-cut front mudguards

19. Chassis to cab above winding mechanism no longer straight angle now with added curvature to strengthen the casting

20. Rear mudguards in line with chassis

26.DINKY TOYS in large letters on base plate

27. Rear body retaining pin rivet head at one end, crimped at the other

 

30. Large tow hook

32. Trailer axle on 521 “closed”, a hole now drilled for axle, headed after insertion with hubs

Although some of the above casting numbers are a repeat of previous models, for the sake of continuity it has been decided to continue uploading images of each component for each model in case there are subtle differences.

Kind regards

Bruce H.   (150)

20170316/1073:0035

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Bruce--Superb documentation, photos, and descriptions on all these various changes that occurred over just a few years. An amazing example of Meccano reacting to issues or just improving the product.
Best regards, Terry

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Having made some more photos of my new red example, I can share some with you, if you like, for the record.

So much has been written above already on this articulated truck, that these photos should suffice. Most characteristics, in terms of the criteria summed up above, are well visible. There is no 'Made in England' statement cast into the back base of the truck, Dinky Supertoys embossed in the base plate, and the rear wheel axle is fully supported. Remarkable that - deviating from most early examples - the semi-trailer is fitted with the same medium size tyres as on the truck, whereas most examples do have the large size DST tyres there until the mid-1950s. This is an example - though not mint - in unusual, wonderful condition, with a nice contemporary matching natural card box. The later yellow companion, which has been in the collection for over twenty years already, is a no. 409, with a quality control stamp B C 6 56 in its box lid. Kind regards, Jan  

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Jan..... Lovely example, and nice to see a red one; the yellow is so much more common, and the red looks very nice on it.

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Jan, a very beautiful example and a very nice addition to your collection. The trailer of my red 521 2nd type also has the smaller smooth tires. The result is that the trailer at the rear is slightly lower than the tractor and the combination does not stand nicely horizontally on its wheels. This is clearly visible on my photo.

The trailer of my red 521 1st type has the larger grooved tires and the combination is therefore purely horizontal on its wheels. A red 521 1st type can be recognized through the purely 90 degree flat angle diecast strengthening on the left side behind the cab, while the 521 2nd type has a round diecast strengthening in the 90 degree angle left behind the cab. A 521-1 has an open trailer axle support while the 521-2 has a closed trailer axle support. Only the 521 type 1 has a turning stop in the casting for the tractor so that it cannot run all the way to the trailer. The later editions can.

Kind regards, Jan Oldenhuis, 1-12-2017

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It strikes me - after all these years - that the blue striped box type lacks the Bedford name, just: 'Articulated Lorry'. All other box types mention the full model name 'Bedford Articulated Lorry'. Kind regards, Jan 

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Jan, I know you like experimenting with the lighting and background of photos. Purely to show how I can change the exposure of this photo with a dark background and shadow with the lighting option (preset Brighten/Darken) in my photo program ACDSee Pro 6, so that you can now see through the model and the dark shadow disappears. I discovered this option a while ago and am using it to take away dark shadow.

Kind regards, Jan O.

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Hi Jan, thank you for the feed back! I can imagine your suggestion. Sometimes it is a matter of taste, and also depending on the purpose what to choose for. My image may be slightly too dark indeed, which is more obvious in the small presentation than on the full presentation. With choosing this image I mainly tried to draw attention to the box. I work with Photoshop and some other image processing software, and the lighting option is always available. Your solution seems to introduce new distortion in colours etc. Well, the best I can offer you without disappointing myself is the image below. If I would have wished a lighter background I would probably have taken a more grey sheet of paper. 

Always interesting stuff for discussion, much appreciated, Jan ! Kind regards, Jan W

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