My first post since joining last year and I am enjoying the club very much. Perhaps this is something other members on here have seen but I haven't. I acquired this 885 Saviem pipe truck about 12 years ago and never really noticed until a few years ago that the stanchions are metal, not plastic. Every example I have seen on Vectis, QDT, eBay, JK Models and Live Auctioneers have the plastic stanchions. At first I thought they might have been reproductions, but these are not the cottage industry, very fragile, low pressure white metal castings. They are high pressure, very strong parts--most likely made of steel. I can pick up this heavy model with my fingertips by just one of the stanchions. They are fitted at the base, just as the plastic versions are by being spread apart to mount them.I am thinking maybe the first runs of this model featured the metal stanchions, but due to the unsafe, unforgiving points and sharp features they were deleted? Cost must have come into play as well. The metal stanchions are on the 885 on the right and plastic version is on the left. Any comments would be most welcome about its origins.