following on from previous contributions on various threads which included reference to the 162 set, I have opened a new thread specifically for it.
Jan has posted pics of his set in an individual pre-war blue box, so this is to add to that thread. Here is my 162 set - although packed in a pre-war box, I have seen reference that a large number of pre-war boxes for all four military sets was in stock in 1940, and frozen until after the cessation of hostilities. When production resumed in 1946, as we know, the axle diameter was increased, but much of the new production was packed in the remaining stock of pre-war boxes, which is what my set is:
However, some sources state that this set was discontinued in the UK after 1950 although it continued to be sold in the U.S. until 1955 - the last reference to it in U.S. catalogues was in the 1954-5 catalogue, which is the only issue to show it renumbered from 162 to 691:
and the separate price list which I am fortunate to also have, shows the set priced at $1.50:
Pictures of catalogue entries are all very well -but what about a picture of the set, I hear you say? O.K. - how about this:
Fortunately, the inspection stamp on the base of my trade box is quite clear: 'BO 454' which of course is April 1954, and there does appear to be the faint remains of a crayoned price on the lid, $1.50.
Hope this is of interest to the military specialists (especially Dave B.) - if anyone can add further details I would be pleased for them to be added on this thread.
Regards to all, Adrian.