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Army Sets - Blue Boxes

Afternoon

I am curious about the Blue Boxes that housed the Military vehicle sets.

Were the vehicles:

1. only Pre-war
2. only post-war
3. a mixture

I have seen several versions where the tank has either the white triangle (pre-war) or no triangle (post-war).

Thanks

Bob

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Bob--
I have #161 Mobile Anti-Aircraft Unit, which was made only from 1939-1941, and came in a blue box. Below is a picture of the inside of the box, which is a kind of diorama/scene, to display the unit. Also is a picture of the descriptive legend on the outside of the box. Unfortunately, I do not have handy a photo of the whole box, but I think this is what you are referring to. I also believe that all of the gift sets that used the blue box were only made pre-war, but others may have better information.

Regards,
Terry

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Descriptive legend on outside of blue box

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Hi Bob, good to see you back here!
The contents of the set boxes must always be pre-war. If they are not, the original contents will have gone, mostly crumbled by fatigue.
I posted two (boxes of the) original sets in the documents archive:

http://www.dtcawebsite.org/dinky-documents/58-boxes-and-inserts/113-152-...

and:

http://www.dtcawebsite.org/dinky-documents/58-boxes-and-inserts/116-161-...

Another one of mine is this one, which I bought as a bargain, because the contents was in small pieces, and I replaced it by a post-war Field Gun Unit that was loose in my collection already:

So: Original contents must always be pre-war, if not, items have been replaced!

Kind regards, Jan